On September 10, 2021, it was announced that the Government of Spain had increased the budget allocated to the Spanish Network of Agencies for the Evaluation of Health Technologies and Benefits (RedETS) by 48.2% (compared to last year) for the development of the annual work plan. This commitment to strengthen the evaluation of health technologies and decision-making based on the best available scientific evidence has resulted in the additional endowment of two million euros for the eight agencies that make up the RedETS.
In total, the 2021 budget for the evaluation of health technologies in the National Health System (SNS) amounts to €6,149,510. The distribution of this budget among the evaluation agencies is proportional to the workload assigned to each agency or evaluation unit according to its experience, resources, and the weighted percentage attributed to each activity.
The evaluation agencies that comprise RedETS and their respective budgets for 2021 are as follows:
- Health Sciences Institute in Aragon (IACS) - €924,000
- Evaluation and Planning Unit – Directorate of the Canary Islands Health Service (SESCS) - €892,500
- Andalusian Health Technology Assessment Department (AETSA) - €887,000
- Galician Agency for Health Technology Assessment (AVALIA-T) - €854,000
- Health Institute Carlos III (ISCIII) - €824,510
- Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS) - €728,000
- Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment (OSTEBA) - €724,500
- Agency for Training, Research and Health Studies of the Community of Madrid Pedro Laín Entralgo (UETS-MADRID) - €315,000
As a consequence of the budget increase, the RedETS 2021 Work Plan has included three new lines of evaluation: non-pharmacological measures in the context of the COVID19 pandemic, digital services in health, and personalized medicine.
The RedETS evaluates the available scientific evidence and provides rigorous and quality information for better decision-making in the field of inclusion, use and/or exclusion of health technologies in the SNS. In Spain, for the inclusion of new health benefits and technologies in the Common Package of Benefits of the SNS, an evaluation report carried out by the RedETS is mandatory for an informed and cost-effective decision making in terms of the efficacy, safety, efficiency, and health utility.
The full details in Spanish can be found here.
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