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Eight-year experience of using HTA in drug reimbursement: South Korea

Title
Eight-year experience of using HTA in drug reimbursement: South Korea
Authors
Bae, Eun-YoungHong, Ji-MinKwon, Hye-YoungJang, SuhyunLee, Hye-JaeBae, SeungJinYang, Bong-Min
Ewha Authors
배승진
SCOPUS Author ID
배승진scopus
Issue Date
2016
Journal Title
HEALTH POLICY
ISSN
0168-8510JCR Link1872-6054JCR Link
Citation
vol. 120, no. 6, pp. 612 - 620
Keywords
AccountabilityDrug reimbursementSouth KoreaEconomic evaluationHealth technology assessment
Publisher
ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD
Indexed
SCIE; SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
This study describes the process and results of drug reimbursement decision-making in South Korea and evaluates its performance from the perspectives of the various stakeholders involved. Data were retrieved from the evaluation report posted on the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (HIRA) website. As of 2014, 253 new drugs had been submitted to the HIRA for appraisal. Of these, 175 (69.2%) were recommended in favor of listing and 78 (30.8%) were rejected. Furthermore, 68 of these drugs were deemed clinically improved relative to existing drugs. For those drugs that did not demonstrate clinical superiority (which was most of them), a simple price comparison to the existing drug was utilized as a gate toward listing. On top of the base-line analysis, 104 stakeholders from the industry, academia, public office, and civic society responded to a questionnaire designed to obtain their opinions on the South Korean positive list system (PLS). Stakeholders agreed that the consistency of reimbursement decision-making has improved since 2007, while accessibility to new drugs has apparently decreased. Respondents also indicated a preference toward improved public access to decision-making information. This examination of reimbursement decisions in South Korea will illuminate critical issues for countries that are considering the introduction of similar policies. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI
10.1016/j.healthpol.2016.03.013
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