TO WHAT EXTENT IS ROMANIA PREPARED TO JOIN HEALTH TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT COOPERATION AT EUROPEAN LEVEL
An increasing number of EU States are using the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) approach, and as health technologies, pharmaceuticals are one of the main fields of application in HTA. This is a review aiming to identify the current status of the HTA collaboration efforts in EU and in Romania, taking into consideration the growing role of HTA in decisions about the level of price and reimbursement in some EU countries or, in other countries, in decision on whether to reimburse a new product or to reject its funding totally. Romanian HTA system needs further development, both in terms of financial resources and, probably more important, human resources; the efforts in the long run will bring great returns to the entire health system, allowing better, safer, and more efficient use of pharmaceuticals and other health technologies. The scientific evidence provided may support the decision-making process.
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