International Journal of Health Policy and Management (Jan 2016)

Expanded HTA: Enhancing Fairness and Legitimacy

  • Norman Daniels ,
  • Thalia Porteny,
  • Julian Urritia

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 5, no. 1
pp. 1 – 3


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All societies face the need to make judgments about what interventions (both public health and personal medical) to provide to their populations under reasonable resource constraints. Their decisions should be informed by good evidence and arguments from health technology assessment (HTA). But if HTA restricts itself to evaluations of safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness, it risks being viewed as insufficient to guide health decision-makers; if it addresses other issues, such as budget impact, equity, and financial protection, it may be accused of overreaching. But the risk of overreaching can be reduced by embedding HTA in a fair, deliberative process that meets the conditions required by accountability for reasonableness.