Dutch politicians struggle with disability benefit

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 25 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1659
  1. R Pascoe

    One of the biggest questions facing the new Dutch government is what, if any, further measures to take to reduce the number of people claiming disability benefit. Three parties, the conservatives, labour, and the centrist party, have been locked in talks on forming a new coalition government since the general election on 3 May: the social security budget is proving to be one of the biggest stumbling blocks.

    According to the Social Insurance Council, at the end of 1993 one in 10 of the working population was claiming either full or partial disability benefit. The cost of the benefit seems to be falling thanks to changes in the criteria for eligibility and a reduction in the level of benefits, but the conservative party in …

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