Last week, Marjolein Greuter and Gabrielle Jongeneel visited the 10th edition of the lowlands Health Economic Study Group (lolaHESG) conference in Hoenderloo. This meeting focused on research in the field of health technology assessment (HTA).
Key note speakers
During the conference, two keynote speakers, Prof. Dr. Kevin Volpp and Prof. Dr. Peter Kooreman, gave an inspiring talk. Prof. Volpp discussed research in which behavioral economics has improved decision making among patients and physicians and how this influenced health outcomes. Prof. Kooreman discussed the generally high academic quality of current health economics research. However, he argues that health economic research hardly focuses on issues that are likely to bring the largest efficiency gains in health care. Examples of under-researched areas are for example 1) primary prevention, 2) the effectiveness of non-patentable treatments, 3) the political economy of the obesogenic society, and 4) health care in developing countries.
In addition, Marjolein and Gabrielle attended many interesting sessions with various subjects. In these sessions, independent discussants presented the inspiring work of others. Due to the small setting, there was detailed discussion between the authors, discussants and attendees.
Examples of draft papers that were discussed are;
– Validation of a novel method for predicting the budget impact of innovative medicines
– Future costs in cost-effectiveness analysis
– The costs of cancer in the Netherlands
– Genetic matching: the impact of treatment line matching on covariates balance and cost effectiveness results
This conference provided important insights in the latest developments in the field of HTA, which we will include in our future work.