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US health policy experts call for a centre to compare treatments

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39139.334190.DB (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:444
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    A group of leading health policy experts has said that the United States needs a centre to compare the value of health treatments, similar to the United Kingdom's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

    The group was brought together last month in Washington, DC, by the Health Industry Forum, which is based at Brandeis University and aims to develop solutions to problems in health care; Kaiser Permanente; and the industry group America's Health Insurance Plans. It comprised Stuart Altman, dean of Brandeis University; Gail Wilensky, former administrator of the US Healthcare Financing Administration; Kathy Buto, vice president for health policy government affairs at Johnson & Johnson; and Jack Rowe, a gerontologist who retired as chief executive officer of the health insurance firm Aetna and was previously president and chief executive officer of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. …

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