The development of new and expensive health care technologies has increased pressure on national health care budgets as well as hospital budgets, leading to difficult questions about the affordability of new medicines. In order to strike an optimal balance between ensuring timely access to new drugs and having sufficient evidence of their relative benefits and risks, health care reimbursement policies have been increasingly rationalised and formalised over the past decades. The Netherlands is no exception in this context. Already since the early 1990s, the Dutch government has been developing policies linking reimbursement to evidence requirements aiming to reduce the growth rate of pharmaceutical costs without loss of medical quality. Over the years these evidence requirements as well the methods to demonstrate this evidence have greatly evolved. However, this progress has also led to greater complexity in reimbursement policy.

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Keywords cost-effectiveness, health care, hospital budgets
Promotor C.A. Uyl-de Groot (Carin) , C.J.A. Punt (Cornelis)
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam
Sponsor The studies performed in this thesis were supported by the Dutch Healthcare Insurance Board (CVZ) and the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMW), grant number 152002017. Publication of this thesis was financially supported by: GlaxoSmithKline, Roche
ISBN 978-94-6169-453-9
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/50211
Gils, C.W.M. (2013, December 19). Real-world cost-effectiveness: Potential & pitfalls in the context of conditional reimbursement. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/50211