Fair processes for priority setting: Putting theory into practice: Comment on “expanded HTA: Enhancing fairness and legitimacy”

Published on Jul 3, 2016in International journal of health policy and management4.485
· DOI :10.15171/ijhpm.2016.85
Maarten Jansen6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Radboud University Nijmegen),
Jan-Kees Helderman10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Radboud University Nijmegen)
+ 1 AuthorsRob Baltussen41
Estimated H-index: 41
(Radboud University Nijmegen)
Embedding health technology assessment (HTA) in a fair process has great potential to capture societal values relevant to public reimbursement decisions on health technologies. However, the development of such processes for priority setting has largely been theoretical. In this paper, we provide further practical lead ways on how these processes can be implemented. We first present the misconception about the relation between facts and values that is since long misleading the conduct of HTA and underlies the current assessment-appraisal split. We then argue that HTA should instead be explicitly organized as an ongoing evidence-informed deliberative process, that facilitates learning among stakeholders. This has important consequences for whose values to consider, how to deal with vested interests, how to consider all values in the decision-making process, and how to communicate decisions. This is in stark contrast to how HTA processes are implemented now. It is time to set the stage for HTA as learning.
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