Dr. Egon Jonsson
Executive Director & CEO
Egon is a health economist and the former head of the SBU--the Swedish Agency on Health Technology Assessment. He went on to join the WHO, where he helped establish the Organization's Health Evidence Network, a group that includes the IHE.
IHE In Your Pocket was designed to provide a compact, comprehensive, and comparative overview of the economic aspects of the Canadian health care system. It has been revised every second year since 2006.
As in the earlier editions, we have adopted a broad, population health approach. We have substantially reorganized the 2014 edition. We divided data on the health care system into components. For each component, we provide the most important economic indicators which reflect capacity, investment, utilization, prices and costs, total expenditures and finance, on the supply side; and population characteristics, population behaviour, finance and indirect costs on the demand side.
When an Alberta firm was fined for an environmental offence involving mental health issues, the presiding judge invoked a “creative sentencing” approach. Three-quarters of the fine was awarded to the Institute of Health Economics to undertake and evaluate a mental health promotion project relevant to the improvement of conditions in the Alberta workplace. Mental Health Works (of the Canadian Mental Health Association) was commissioned to present a 2-day workshop (sessions were separated by 30 days) for senior workplace staff (“influencers”). Sessions dealt with the recognition of mental health problems, connecting with troubled employees, management influences, and suggested worksite policy and procedural changes. Workshop quality, mental health impact, mental health knowledge, and resultant worksite program activities were measured before and after the workshop sessions and 3 – 5 months later. Workshop session day #1 was successfully delivered to 35 persons, while 28 attended day 2. The findings across our three evaluation components can be summarized quite simply. There was strong evidence for workshop quality, there was good evidence that participant learning took place, and there were indicators that some positive developments were initiated in the workplaces of the attendees. This project made use of a manualized, and therefore replicable, workshop presentation that dealt with important mental health matters and showed meaningful effectiveness and promise. Therefore, a more widespread use of these, or similar, workshops is recommended.
This report is an analysis of the theoretical basis for value-based pricing, relevant international developments, and areas for improvement within Canada’s current patented drug pricing system. This report intends to inform future policy research, advice, and Canadian drug policy discussions regarding the feasibility and implementation of value-based pricing approaches.
HTA on the Net provides a list of resources that can be used to collect information for a health technology assessment. While there have been twelve past editions of this popular publication, 2012 marks a new direction for this publication. IHE has collaborated with Information Specialists and others in Spain to broaden the audience of the publication. Part 1 of the publication still includes all of the resources recommended by the Information Specialists at IHE. Part 2 of the publication now includes all of the additional resources that Information Specialists in Spain consider searching when they prepare health technology assessments. In future years, we hope to add additional sections from other geographic locations to truly make the publication an international effort.