Health technology assessment

We live in an age of innovation in healthcare where many advances in medical technology have significantly improved patient outcomes. However, some new medical technologies add significant cost to treatment without evidence of any additional benefit to the patient.

Southern Cross Health Society (Southern Cross) believe that we have an obligation to ensure the best possible value for our members in order to maintain the affordability of premiums. This means that we are unlikely to fund more expensive technologies if they have not been proven to be safer and more effective than currently funded alternatives.

Assessment guidelines and process

Our approach to assessing new technology is to confirm that there is an important clinical benefit to our members, at an acceptable cost, and that the technology aligns with our assessment guidelines. Southern Cross has developed these guidelines so that there is a clear and consistent approach for reaching reimbursement decisions.

If you have a new procedure or technology that might meet these guidelines please phone Southern Cross on 0800 770 843, email newtechnology@southerncross.co.nz or write to Health Technology Assessment Manager, Southern Cross Health Society, Private Bag 99934, Newmarket, Auckland 1149.