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Title: Budgeting for a billion: Applying health technology assessment (HTA) for universal health coverage in India
Authors: Saudamini Vishwanath Dabak
Songyot Pilasant
Abha Mehndiratta
Laura Emily Downey
Francoise Cluzeau
Kalipso Chalkidou
Alia Cynthia Gonzales Luz
Sitaporn Youngkong
Yot Teerawattananon
National Health Foundation, Thailand
National University of Singapore
Imperial College London
Mahidol University
Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program
Center for Global Development
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 29-Nov-2018
Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems. Vol.16, No.1 (2018)
Abstract: © 2018 The Author(s). Background: India recently launched the largest universal health coverage scheme in the world to address the gaps in providing healthcare to its population. Health technology assessment (HTA) has been recognised as a tool for setting priorities as the government seeks to increase public health expenditure. This study aims to understand the current situation for healthcare decision-making in India and deliberate on the opportunities for introducing HTA in the country. Methods: A paper-based questionnaire, adapted from a survey developed by the International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI), was administered on the second day of the Topic Selection Workshop that was conducted as part of the HTA Awareness Raising Workshop held in New Delhi on 25-27 July, 2016. Participants were invited to respond to questions covering the need, demand and supply for HTA in their context as well as the role of their organisation vis-à-vis HTA. The response rate for the survey was about 68% with 41 participants having completed the survey. Results: Three quarters of the respondents (71%) stated that the government allocated healthcare resources on the basis of expert opinion. Most respondents indicated reimbursement of individual health technologies and designing a basic health benefit package (93% each) were important health policy areas while medical devices and screening programmes were cited as important technologies (98% and 92%, respectively). More than half of the respondents noted that relevant local data was either not available or was limited. Finally, technical capacity was seen as a strength and a constraint facing organisations. Conclusion: The findings from this study shed light on the current situation, the opportunities, including potential topics, and challenges in conducting HTA in India. There are limitations to the study and further studies may need to be conducted to inform the role that HTA will play in the design or implementation of universal health coverage in India.
ISSN: 14784505
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2018

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