The Netherlands lags behind in heart operations

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 14 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:78

Dutch health services are not meeting the demand for open heart surgery and heart transplants, suggests two recent government reports. In the first report a panel of experts set up to monitor monthly waiting times in cardiology estimates that, by the end of last year, 650 patients had been waiting more than three months for open heart surgery. Individual hospitals have reported waiting times ranging from seven months to a year.

The Landelijk Platform Hartchirurgie, a national organisation that includes cardiologists, health insurance companies, and patients' groups, has urged the government to spend roughly £4.5m a year to increase …

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