THE Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu yesterday inaugurated the National Steering in addition to Technical committees for the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) initiative.
HTA can be the systematic evaluation of properties, effects in addition to impacts of health technologies through a multidisciplinary process which evaluates the social, economic, organisational in addition to ethical issues of health interventions or major health technology.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) can be piloting the use of HTA to inform decisions on prioritisation in cost-containment in addition to sustainability strategies of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).
This specific can be being applied to the selection of medicines in addition to development of Standard Treatment Guidelines (STG) for hypertension, which has been identified as a cost driver under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
At the inauguration ceremony in Accra, the Minister stated which institutionalising HTA in Ghana might seek to ensure which policy decisions at all levels of the health system were based on evidence.
He also mentioned which there was the need to use HTA to bridge the gap in identifying the most cost-effective diagnostic, preventive in addition to curative interventions as well as support reimbursement decisions on vaccines, medicines, screening in addition to preventive programmes.
The NHIS, he said was a logical beneficiary of the positive impact of HTA on the country’s health system.
“coming from the design in addition to management of benefits package to the determination of the reimbursement list of medicines as well as cost setting mechanisms, HTA can be seen as a useful tool amongst some other considerations to help assure value for money,” he added.
Mr Agyeman-Manu further revealed which the MoH had set up a National Medicine Pricing Committee to oversee the implementation of the fresh medicines pricing regime under the National Medicine Policy.
This specific committee, he said, might collaborate with the HTA Technical Committee to ensure synergy of effort.
The Minister hoped which the initiative might go a long way in sustaining the gains made in ensuring optimisation of policy decisions as well as the rational in addition to cost-effective use of medicines for all persons living in Ghana.
Madam Elizabeth Peacoke, a representative of the International Decision Support Initiative (IDSI) in her remarks indicated which her outfit focused on building institutional knowledge within existing health systems to enable countries lead their own progress towards universal health coverage with support coming from international partners.
She said “Ghana’s HTA institutionalisation could lead to Ghana being a regional hub on the continent to help provide technical assistance to some other African countries.”
As the first Sub-Saharan African nation to introduce the NHIS in 2003, Ghana, she said, had shown its commitment to achieving universal health coverage by 2030.
A secretariat to support the implementation of the HTA was also commissioned during the event.