WHO HTA Survey

The global health technology assessment survey


In 2021, the WHO’s Health Systems Governance and Financing (HGF) Department implemented the second round of the global Health Technology Assessment (HTA). All of the survey information and documentation is available here.


This survey built on the first round of the survey conducted in 2015, and featured sections for Institutions and Governance, Available Resources, Assessment, Appraisal, Recommendation, and Barriers. The new survey featured more questions and provides an in-depth picture of HTA processes worldwide. With 127 country responses, the survey sample is even larger this time around.[1]  


This year’s survey results were also launched with an interactive database during UHC Week 2021, making them available publicly to anyone who would like to access the results.


Innovating on health benefit packages?


The 2021 survey featured a second section on health benefit package that had questions about country benefit packages and health schemes that had never been asked before in such a comprehensive manner. Information was obtained for the health benefit package linked to a country’s largest, public sector health financing scheme.


Questions were asked about how this scheme is designed, how often, whether it is linked to an HTA process, and what it contained.


The latter information provides a detailed look at what countries say they are providing in their various health sector schemes.


Interventions are broken down by general categories (such as delivery level), into specific proxy interventions for a series of 37 health categories, and into a list of medications. The results of these detailed questions can be accessed in a cross-country matrix or as detailed country-specific dashboards.


A bright future for understanding health decision-making processes?


For both the HTA and health benefit package information, there are downloadable country profiles available as pdf’s and two write-ups of the main findings show the top-level results of each section.


The data and findings from this survey are sure to serve as a valuable resource for understanding the systems, processes and instruments for priority-setting to achieve UHC.


Stay tuned for more products related to this work coming in 2022.


The WHO secretariat is grateful to collaborators from the regional office in PAHO/AMRO region for assisting with filling in the survey information using data from their own parallel survey.


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