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Evidence, Economics, and Politics: Australia’s Experiment in Evidence-Based Medicine

Written by on Monday, December 4th, 2006 Print This Post Print This Post

The event Evidence, Economics, and Politics: Australia’s Experiment in Evidence-Based Medicine will take place on December 15, 2006, at the St. Regis Hotel, 125 3rd Street, in San Francisco, CA. Australia’s Medicare system provides universal, tax-financed coverage to all citizens. Since 1993, the system’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) has been required to incorporate an explicit consideration of comparative effectiveness and cost effectiveness as a prerequisite for coverage. With U.S. policymakers searching for ways to rein in Medicare and Medicaid drug spending, the Australian experience assumes special relevance.


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