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Public health policy decisions on medical innovations: What role can early economic evaluation play?

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  • Susanne Hartz

    () (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Department of Microeconomics)

  • Jürgen John

    (Helmholtz Center Munich and National Research Center for Environmental Health, Institute of Health Economics and Healthcare Management)

Abstract

Objectives: Our contribution aims to explore the different ways in which early economic data can inform public health policy decisions on new medical technologies. Methods: A broad explorative literature research was conducted to detect methodological contributions covering the health policy perspective. Results: Early economic data on new technologies can support public health policy decisions in several ways. Embedded in horizon scanning and HTA activities, it adds to monitoring and assessment of innovations. It can play a role in the control of technology diffusion by informing coverage and reimbursement decisions as well as the direct public promotion of health care technologies, leading to increased efficiency. Major problems include the uncertainty related to economic data at early stages as well as the timing of the evaluation of an innovation. Conclusions: Decision-makers can benefit from the information supplied by early economic data, but the actual use in practice is difficult to determine. Further empirical evidence should be gathered, while the use could be promoted by further standardization.

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  • Susanne Hartz & Jürgen John, 2007. "Public health policy decisions on medical innovations: What role can early economic evaluation play?," Jena Economic Research Papers 2007-095, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
  • Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2007-095
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    1. Maarten Ijzerman & Lotte Steuten, 2011. "Early assessment of medical technologies to inform product development and market access," Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, Springer, vol. 9(5), pages 331-347, September.
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    7. Gabriele Palozzi & Sandro Brunelli & Camilla Falivena, 2018. "Higher Sustainability and Lower Opportunistic Behaviour in Healthcare: A New Framework for Performing Hospital-Based Health Technology Assessment," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(10), pages 1-19, October.

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    economic evaluation; early data; innovation; public health policy decision-making;

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    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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