Health technology assessment in Mexico

Octavio Gómez-Dantés, Julio Frenk

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Objectives: The history of health technology assessment (HTA) in Mexico is examined, starting with the efforts to incorporate this topic into the policy agenda and culminating with the recent creation of a specialized public agency. Methods: Information was gathered through a bibliographic search and interviews with actors involved in HTA in Mexico. Results: HTA efforts were developed in Mexico since the mid-1980s with the participation both of academics and of policy makers, a relationship that eventually led to the creation of the Center for Technological Excellence within the Ministry of Health. Conclusions: Institutionalization of HTA in resource-constrained settings requires the development of a critical mass of researchers involved in this field, the implementation of information efforts, and the establishment of strong relationships between HTA experts and policy makers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-275
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Issue numberSUPPL.S1
StatePublished - Jun 17 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Health technology assessment
  • History
  • Mexico

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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