Exploring immediate and longer-term approaches for health technology assessment in Greece
A series of meetings with WHO experts and key actors in health technology assessment (HTA) at country level took place in Greece on 17–19 May 2016, under the "Strengthening capacity for universal coverage" (SCUC) initiative. The scope of the meetings comprised:
- a rapid assessment of the current elements of HTA available in the country and of key bodies/institutions involved in HTA;
- exploration of feasible options for the institutionalization of HTA in the future; and
- initiation of dialogue with key stakeholders on the potential role of HTA in the decision-making process related to health expenditures.
The agenda of the meetings included discussions with the leadership and key departments of the Ministry of Health involved directly or indirectly in HTA, members of the HTA Working Group, the leadership of the National Organization for the Provision of Healthcare Services (EOPYY) and of the National Organization for Medicines (EOF), members of the Negotiating Committee and the Positive List Committee, and representatives of the National School of Public Health and of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Technology (IFET).
The Greek Ministry of Health organized a wrap-up meeting on 19 May 2016, with a presentation of the findings and preliminary recommendations regarding immediate and longer-term options for the institutionalization of HTA. A report will be written to serve as a basis for continuing dialogue on HTA with key stakeholders and for reaching a final agreement on the way forward by the end of June 2016.
The SCUC action is carried out with funding by the European Union through a grant agreement between the European Commission and WHO/Europe. Its general objective is to contribute to improving health and health equity in Greece, especially among the most vulnerable in the population, by helping the Greek authorities move towards universal coverage and strengthen the effectiveness, efficiency and resilience of their health system.