Health technology assessment in Canada.

TitleHealth technology assessment in Canada.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBattista RN, Côté B, Hodge MJ, Husereau D
JournalInternational journal of technology assessment in health care
Volume25 Suppl 1
Date Published2009 Jul
KeywordsCanada; History, 20th Century; History, 21st Century; Technology Assessment, Biomedical
AbstractCanada's health system is a unique combination of public financing and private provision. With the significant government role in financing health services, health technology assessment (HTA) has found a ready audience as a form of policy research. In addition, Canada has been a leader in HTA and is entering a phase of deepening and maturation of HTA activities. The relative absence of dramatic change in the overall health system, coupled with public faith in the Canadian approach has been favorable to HTA's development in Canada. Emerging issues, beyond the demographic and economic pressures facing all Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development health systems, include the convergence of assessment modalities and organizations for drug and nondrug technologies, increasing public concerns about the viability of Canada's approach to healthcare services, and the transition of HTA from an activity targeting macro-level policy makers to a management tool for healthcare facilities and providers.
Alternate JournalInt J Technol Assess Health Care