HTA is multi-disciplinary field of policy analysis that examines the medical, economic, social and ethical implications of the incremental value, diffusion and use of a health technology in health care.
The term Health Technology refers to application of organised knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of life.
Spinal surgery, including fusion and dynamic stabilisation, is one of the available treatment options for patients with symptomatic degenerative changes of the lumbar or cervical spine. The various symptoms can include local pain, radicular pain due to nerve root compression, as well as other neurological symptoms such as muscular weakness and numbness. Dynamic stabilisation has been […]
This rapid assessment concerns the clinical effectiveness and the efficiency of innovative surgical technologies proposed for the treatment of degenerative spinal conditions: interspinous spacers and pedicle screw systems. These techniques are presented as an alternative to decompression surgery (laminectomy or discectomy) and/or fusion surgery. Currently, none of these implants are officially reimbursed in Belgium. However, in practice, a specific reimbursement can […]