Dutch health reforms have failed, say ministers

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 09 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:936
  1. T Sheldon

    The reforms of Dutch health care have failed, according to an investigation by an all party committee of government ministers. The committee made a scathing attack on the government, political parties, and health organisations, claiming that all those who had been involved in the reforms had their own “agendas, strategies and aims.” It said that at times political opportunism had triumphed over decision making, while pressure groups had enjoyed too much influence.

    The report, which focuses on the failure of the plans for reform produced by the former Labour party health minister Hans …

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