MTAA has welcomed the release of the report of the review of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Australia and the report provides a framework for a much improved process for the assessment and adoption of rapidly evolving and innovative medical technologies.
The recommendations (13 of 16 have been accepted by the Government for immediate implementation) reflect many of the recommendations made by MTAA in its submission to the Review. The Report sets out a vision for the Commonwealth HTA system with the aspiration that Australians have timely, equitable and affordable access to the cost-effective health technologies needed to manage their health.
The recommendations include:
Establishment of a policy framework for Commonwealth HTA with shared objectives and principles.
Establishment of a website for Commonwealth HTA processes that acts as an online resource to assist with navigation of the HTA system and provide regular reports on agreed performance and activity data.
Improvement in procedural fairness and consistency across all HTA processes including independent review mechanisms, the ability for resubmissions, public disclosure of processes and the adoption of transparent and consistent procedures.
Adoption of a single entry point to receive applications for subsidy under the MBS, PBS and Prostheses List which will assist in determining the most appropriate committee to appraise the technology. This will become increasingly valuable as the number of hybrid and co-dependent technologies increases.
Capacity for applicants to apply to different HTA processes concurrently.
Reinforcement of the role of TGA as the authority with sole responsibility for assessing the safety, quality and efficacy of therapeutic products.
Streamlining of MSAC processes to include assessment of an applicant’s comparative clinical and economic evaluations and establishment of an advisory panel within six weeks of acceptance of an application.
Review of the terms of reference for the PDC and its subcommittees to ensure that assessments only consider clinical effectiveness.
Restructure the PDC to improve the balance of membership and include people with expertise in health economics , clinical practice and health policy as well as health consumers, health service providers, and the health insurance and medical technology industries, and an independent chair.
Significant reform to the PDC processes including acceptance of applications on a continual basis (with a Prostheses List to continue every six months), and abolition of benefit negotiation and setting of maximum benefits.
Products will be grouped with products with similar clinical effectiveness at a benchmark price with the capacity for a sponsor to establish superiority of a product compared with those in a group.
The mechanisms by which the benefit for a group of products is set, and reviewed, and the premium for a clinically superior product is set, are areas to be further worked through with the Department of Health.
Consideration of the expansion and use of post market surveillance data including the use of clinical registries.
Medical Technology Association of Australia | National Association | Medical Technology Industry
The Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) is the national association representing companies in the medical technology industry. MTAA aims to ensure the benefits of modern, innovative and reliable medical technology are delivered effectively to provide better health outcomes to the Australian community.
MTAA represents manufacturers and suppliers of medical technology used in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and management of disease and disability. The range of medical technology is diverse with products ranging from familiar items such as syringes and wound dressings, through to high-technology implanted devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, hip and other orthopaedic implants. Products also include hospital and diagnostic imaging equipment such as ultrasounds and magnetic resonance imaging machines.
MTAA members distribute the majority of the non-pharmaceutical products used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and disability in Australia. Our member companies also play a vital role in providing healthcare professionals with essential education and training to ensure safe and effective use of medical technology.