Assisting the Colombian Ministry of Social Protection in identifying effective policy options to increase the quality and efficiency of care
The Colombian government is committed to making significant reforms to the healthcare system with the aim of increasing both the quality and efficiency of services provided. In common with many countries, the Colombian health system is facing multiple pressures relating to - in part - rising user expectations, demographic changes, and the availability of sometimes very costly health technologies. In collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), NICE International has been assisting the Ministry of Social Protection (MoSP) in identifying effective policy options to help address these challenges based on cross country analyses of prioritisation strategies, and analyses of existing and future institutional frameworks to support priority setting in Colombia. Recent legislation has led to the creation of an institution in Colombia dedicated to health technology assessment and the provision of healthcare guidelines. NICE International has provided advice on the terms of reference for this new institution known as IETS (Instituto de Evaluación Tecnológica en Salud), and submitted proposals on how it would interact with bodies responsible for drug licensing and quality monitoring. In providing this support to the MoSP, we have worked with the Instituto de Efectividad Clínica y Sanitaria (IECS) of Argentina for their expertise in, and links with, other Latin American Countries (Chile, Brazil and Uruguay). In addition, NICE International has worked with local experts in Australia, Netherlands, USA and Germany in assessing priority setting strategies in those countries in support of this project.
This page was last updated: 26 May 2011