Health technology assessment in Australia: the role of AHTAC. Australian Health Technology Advisory Committee.
This paper outlines and discusses the field of medical technology assessment and the role of the Australian Health Technology Advisory Committee (AHTAC) in that process. Developments in medical technologies have altered the way in which health care is practised and delivered. The policy task is a complex one; attempting to balance the need for cost containment whilst at the same time ensuring that the processes of innovation into Australia, and diffusion occur in a manner which maximises the benefit and minimises any harm to the Australian community.