A regulatory governance perspective on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Sweden

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Health Policy, 2014, 116 (1), pp. 27 - 36
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Independent regulatory agencies (IRAs) for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) are a key means by which national governments have responded to the challenge of ensuring equitable public access to a new range of medicines and treatment options within the context of limited national budgets for healthcare. In this paper, we apply a regulatory governance frame to the study of the Swedish process for HTA. Based on qualitative interviews with key institutional stakeholders, we suggest that the major challenge for Swedish IRAs for HTA is successfully communicating nationally produced research outputs to the regional authorities responsible for the delivery of health services. We conclude that a regulatory governance approach to the analysis of national processes for HTA has the capacity to draw attention to a new range of challenges and issues which have direct relevance to improving the conduct of HTA within national regulatory spaces. © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
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