Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1726-4634
TOLENTINO SILVA, Marcus. Health technology assessment: experience in the Ministry of Health of Brazil. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [online]. 2011, vol.28, n.3, pp. 548-551. ISSN 1726-4634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1726-46342011000300022.
This article aims to describe the main activities carried out by the Ministry of Health of Brazil (MHB) for the development of Health Technology Assessments (HTA). It is a description based on the MHB efforts and strategies to strengthen this area in the last years. Five are the lines of action put in place for that purpose: (i) adoption of a National Policy for the Management of Health Technology, (ii) supporting the decision making process in the Unified Health System, (iii ) promotion of the performance of studies on HTA, (iv) training of strategic human resources, and (v) institutional coordination at national and international levels. However, challenges remain to achieve a more effective structure for HTA in Brazil, like the creation of a government institution with greater administrative flexibility, among others.
Keywords : Health Evaluation; Evaluation Studies as Topic; Health Technology Assessment; Health Economics; Unified Health System; Brasil.