Volume 8 Supplement 1
Insurance-based risk-sharing agreements
© Terlinden et al. 2015
Published: 5 October 2015
Stretched healthcare budgets have been tensing up patient access negotiations between healthcare payers and manufacturers. Data and the associated evidence available at registration are often deemed insufficient to accurately estimate the real-life clinical outcomes and budget impact. Payers want to reduce budget uncertainty and manufacturers need to evolve in a competing healthcare environment.
Risk-sharing agreements (RSAs) are on the rising trend. Conceptually, RSAs have the remarkable advantage of reducing payer exposure to the financial risks associated with the introduction of a new healthcare intervention. However, engaging in a RSA should be cautiously thought through and planned as those contracts entail important financial implications, notably for the manufacturer. Monitoring costs are elevated and might jeopardize the implementation.
Nowadays, most of the current RSAs tend to shift the uncertainty around an expected outcome from the healthcare payer to the manufacturers. Although one cannot refer to risk-sharing per se, manufacturers use it during negotiations as an alternative to price reduction.
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