Breve 13: Strengthening Governments Capacity to Discern Value the Need to Address Technological Pressure on Health Expenditure

Jul 2016
This Breve presents the story of how, in recent years, the Colombian health system has struggled with technological pressure. The impact of technological pressure on the health sector during the last few years could be summarized by either of two phrases: "the cost of success" or "the adverse consequences of technological pressure." This Breve describes how the inadequateincorporation of health innovations into the system can threaten an egalitarian-inspired reform that has brought social progress. The document also discusses the policy tools Colombia has introduced to face this
technological pressure. A commitment to strengthening the government¿s capacity to discern the value of health care innovations lies at the core of these policies.