75 million francs in annual costs have been saved so far, with a potential of a further 60 million francs. This is the interim result of the HTA programme, which was launched by the federal government in 2016. Health Technology Assessments are used to comprehensively review the effectiveness, appropriateness and cost-effectiveness of a medical service. The result can contribute to a limitation or cancellation of the reimbursement obligation in mandatory healthcare insurance. In addition, qualitative deficiencies can be rectified on the basis of the evaluation. To date, the Federal Office of Public Health has published 28 HTA reports, resulting in 15 reimbursement decisions. A further 24 HTA reports are still in progress, 13 of which are pending reimbursement decisions.
Life Science Communication supports the Federal Office of Public Health in the preparation of easy-to-understand summaries of the results of the HTA expert reports for publication on the website.