What is the Medical Technology Association and how does it wield its power?

The Conversation, 27 September 2016
Author: Bruce Baer Arnold
“If your health practitioner has used a syringe, tongue depressor (to look at your throat), pacemaker, stethoscope, X-ray or MRI scan, blood test, dental filling or joint implant to treat you, you’ve encountered a product from the medical technology industry. Many of the businesses are represented by the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA). The MTAA is quietly influential because it persuaded the government to reject the recommendation to establish mandatory registries for use of high-risk implantable devices such as hip joints. Those registries would be overseen by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the industry-funded national drugs and devices regulator.”
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