Sandra Marinković, External Affairs Manager, Merch Sharp & Dohme

NOMINEE FOR HEALTH CARE COMMITTEE CHAIR POSITION


TWO YEAR AGENDA PROPOSAL

AmCham's HCC should preserve the course of driving changes that in addition to improving efficiency and sustainability of Serbian healthcare system, should further improve business opportunities for private health sector-pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers of medical devices, private health care providers and insurance companies that invest in health care. Following key areas should be prioritized:

1) Accelerated access to new drugs and health technologies:
Based on the evidence that new health technologies in a long run improve population life expectancy and productivity, and reduce overall healthcare costs, advocate for increase in drug budget and dedicated resources for innovation in order to reduce growing gap in access to innovation compared to EU countries.

2) Public-Private Partnership in providing HC services
Improve synergy between public and private HC sector that should result in better quality of services provided to patients without additional investments. By maximizing the opportunities arising with the introduction of DRG (Diagnostic Related Groups) financing for HC services, patients should be allowed the opportunity to choose healthcare provider from public or private sector, and to contribute to difference in costs (directly or through private health insurance).

3) Optimization of Public procurement processes in healthcare
In order to assure best value for money, maximize competition and provide high quality services, procurement processes in HC should be based on “value” and MEAT (most economically advantageous tender) as default award criteria, which in addition to optimizing stock management in healthcare institutions should result in decreased expenses for provided services.

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS FOR 2018

Reimbursement of new INNs min once per year - Dec '18

Separate Budget for reimbursement of innovative drugs - Dec '19

Introduce priority recommendations in the Law on Health Care - Dec '18

Allow co-payment for defined set of outsourced services - Dec '19

Boost application of the MEAT criteria through the new Law on Public Procurement - Dec '18