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EU law makes Netherlands reconsider its health system

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7229.206/a (Published 22 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:206
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The Dutch system of financing health care through a combination of private and public insurance is vulnerable to European Union internal market law guaranteeing free movement of goods and services, according to senior government advisers.

    An advisory report, Europa en de Gezondheidszorg (Europe and Healthcare; http://www.rvz.net/), from the Council for Health and Social Service (RVZ), has urged the health minister, Els Borst, to begin discussions on a future system that is “explicitly placed in a European perspective.” …

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