History of health technology assessment in Hungary

László Gulácsi, Valentin Brodszky, Márta Péntek, Szilárd Varga, Gábor Vas, Imre Boncz

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In Hungary, the history of the health technology assessment (HTA) dates back to 1993 when HTA and related activities started by professional initiatives. The legal background, institutionalization, and training capacities were created between 1998 and 2004. The main challenges for HTA in Hungary are partly similar to the ones in countries with a developed economy; no question it is time for cost-effectiveness. However, there are very important differences as well, that is why transferability and adaptability issues have to be considered. This article describes the characteristic features of the Hungarian healthcare system, the history and the current role of HTA, and the most important challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-126
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Issue numberSUPPL.S1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2009


  • Health technology assessment
  • History
  • Hungary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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