Rationalizing distribution and utilization of high value capital medical equipment in Greece (2018)
This report presents the results of an assessment of the distribution and utilization of high value capital medical equipment in Greece, including detailed analysis of the regional distribution, use and costs for specific categories of equipment. Having highlighted the major distortions identified, the authors propose specific policy recommendations for efforts to be focused on improving investment planning for high value capital medical equipment and developing health technology assessment (HTA) capacities related to medical devices.
Additional recommendations stress the importance of:
- promoting evidence-based decisions for procurement;
- putting in place a well-structured medical equipment inventory;
- improving maintenance through the development of biomedical/clinical engineering departments in Greek hospitals and their adequate staffing;
- adopting clinical guidelines.
The assessment is part of a series of activities outlined in the context of the collaboration between WHO Regional Office for Europe and the Ministry of Health to strengthen the health system in Greece, financially supported by the Structural Reform Support Service of the European Commission.