PHI 10/10

This circular issued by the Private Health Insurance Branch contains information regarding the Release of the Report of the Review of Health Technology Assessment in Australia (HTA REVIEW)

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3 March 2010

Release of the Report of the Review of Health Technology Assessment in Australia (HTA Review)

Purpose

The purpose of this Circular is to advise the health industry:
  • that the Report of the Review of Health Technology Assessment in Australia (HTA Review) was released on Saturday 27 February 2010;
  • that the arrangements for the August 2010 Prostheses List cycle are unaffected by the release of the HTA Review report; and
  • about the new HTA Review Implementation Section within the Private Health Insurance Branch.

Release of the HTA Review

The Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP and the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, the Hon Lindsay Tanner MP have released the HTA Review report.

The HTA Review recommends improvements to the way new health technologies, procedures and services are assessed for public and private funding in Australia, in line with international best practice. The Australian Government has agreed that 13 of the 16 recommendations made in the report should be implemented immediately.

Recommendations 10, 11 and 12 outline specific changes that will simplify the administration of the prostheses listing arrangements and remove duplication in the work of the Prostheses and Devices Committee.

The full report can be found at the Health and Ageing's, Health Technology Assessment Review. Please note the report is 338 pages, with appendices commencing at page 115.

August 2010 Prostheses List cycle

The release of the HTA Review report will have no impact on the arrangements for the August 2010 Prostheses List – it will be business as usual.

HTA Review Implementation Section – Private Health Insurance Branch

The HTA Review Implementation Section within the Private Health Insurance Branch has been established to coordinate implementation activity relating to prostheses listing arrangements.

If you have any queries please contact Glenn Beaumaris on (02) 6289 6979, or Rose Marimon on (02) 6289 9459.

If you require further information please telephone: (02) 6289 9853/24 hr answering machine or email the enquiry to Private Health Insurance Branch

For more information visit 2010 Private Health Insurance (PHI) Circulars.

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