Dutch doctors fight law on sick pay

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:142

Dutch doctors are leading a campaign against a proposed law privatising payments to sick employees by shifting the burden for the first year's sickness from the government to the employer. They fear that it will undermine the independence of doctors and lead to staff selection on health grounds.

Under the proposed law employers must pay at least 70% of the wages of ill staff for 52 weeks instead of only the first …

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