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Dutch waiting lists increase despite £36m campaign

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7260.530/a (Published 02 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:530
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Waiting lists for hospital treatment in the Netherlands increased by 2% last year, despite a 130 million guilder (£36m; $54m) initiative to reduce them. A report commissioned by the government, presented to parliament last week, concludes that an increase in demand has left waiting times “unacceptably long.”

    Waiting times for individual specialties, however, have improved. In orthopaedics they have dropped from 16 to 12 …

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