Health Technology Assessment in Health Economics

Health Technology Assessment in Health Economics

Steven Simoens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-988-5.ch020
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Abstract

This chapter introduces health technology assessment and health economics as tools for decision makers to allocate scarce resources in the healthcare sector. It argues that information about the safety, efficacy and effectiveness, organizational implications, social and ethical consequences, legal considerations, and health economic aspects of the application of a health technology needs to be taken into account with a view to informing decisions about the registration and reimbursement of a health technology. Also, the author hopes that understanding the methodology and use of health technology assessment and health economics will persuade the reader of the added value of such studies and promote the application of health technologies that support further health improvements, whilst containing health expenditure.

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