4 enero 2018

Following December’s marathon sessions, the head of the Cabinet stated that the government will seek the endorsement of the labor reform bill within the framework of “dialogue” during extraordinary sessions to be held in February, and that the measure will “benefit workers and create jobs.” Among the main objectives of the bill is the establishment of the National Sanitary Technology Assessment Agency (Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de Tecnologías Sanitarias or AGNET).

This agency would be responsible for:

  • Carrying out studies and evaluations of medications, medical products, and instruments, techniques, and procedures of a clinical, surgical, or other nature, for purposes of prevention, treatment, or rehabilitation, in order to determine their appropriate use, advisability, and mode of incorporation into the set of benefits covered by the public sector and the PMO, without prejudice to the specific domains pertaining to Argentina’s National Administration of Drugs, Food, and Medical Technology (Administración Nacional de Medicamentos, Alimentos y Tecnología or ANMAT).
  • These studies and evaluations will be carried out pursuant to criteria involving quality, effectiveness, efficacy, and fairness and taking into account the assessments made at the ethical, medical, economic, and social levels.

On the other hand, the agency’s functions are to:

  • Analyze the scientific information related to the evaluation of health technologies and its circulation among professionals,
  • Evaluate and disseminate recommendations and user protocols related to health technologies,
  • Promote research for the purpose of optimizing the necessary methodology to evaluate health technologies,
  • Analyze and evaluate the economic and social impact of the incorporation of health technologies in mandatory coverage,
  • Take action, prior to the inclusion of any health technology in the PMO,
  • Monitor the results of the technologies included in the PMO,
  • Promote information and training networks in the evaluation of health technologies.

Despite the government’s intentions, Senator Miguel Ángel Pichetto (Argentina Federal), a key figure in the Congress in the negotiation of the Executive Branch’s bills, rejected the debate of the labor bill and stated: “I don’t think that we will create the Labor Committee by February. I don’t have any interest in doing so.”

The Executive also plans to approve the bill on productive financing, national procurement, and the defense of competition.

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