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Dutch GPs strike over reforms

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7503.1287-a (Published 02 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1287
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Ninety per cent of Holland's roughly 7500 general practitioners went on strike last week over fears that plans to boost competition among health insurance companies will damage primary care.

    For three days normal surgeries and home visits were cancelled, and telephone answer machines directed urgent cases to hospitals.


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    GPs in the Netherlands protest, hands tied, outside The Hague, at proposed changes in insurance payments

    Credit: RAYMOND RUTTING/VOLKSKRANT

    Exceptions were made …

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