Health economics and health technology assessment in Central and Eastern Europe: A dose of reality

L. Gulácsi, E. Orlewska, M. Péntek

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A lot has happened in HE- and HTA-assisted decision making in a group of countries in Central and Eastern Europe, especially Poland and Hungary. We have some achievements so far, and have gained a significant amount of experience. In the beginning, we understood HE and HTA as technical tools. Of course technical tools are important, but today we recognise much more the importance and challenges of societal perspectives, values, expectations and other more complex institutional and system culture-backed issues on which the whole castle of HE and HTA should be based. It could be said that in the first two decades we learned how to analyse, and tried to transfer technical details; now more is needed in order to make these elements function well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-531
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Health Economics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy

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