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Manifesto opposes introduction of market forces into Dutch health care

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7474.1066-b (Published 04 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1066
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Nearly 40 medical professors, doctors, and hospital managers have signed a manifesto opposing the introduction of market forces into Dutch health care. Care For Everyone, the initiative of epidemiologist and opposition MP Agnes Kant, appeared as parliament debated reforms to establish a market of competing health insurers.

    The manifesto has garnered support beyond her Socialist Party and sparked a debate over market reforms set to start on the 1 January.

    It raises concerns that competition will prevent hospitals from cooperating to reduce waiting lists, increase the cost of scarce treatment, and reduce quality, if care is …

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