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Dutch government plans to reform health insurance system

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 14 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:70
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The Dutch cabinet has finalised plans to reform its health insurance system in a bid to loosen government control, while guaranteeing access for all to a basic package of care.

    The health minister, Els Borst, emphasised that solidarity “between old and young, sick and healthy” lay at the heart of the new system. The plans scrap the division between the two thirds of population entitled to national health insurance, or sickness funds cover, and the richest third, who must insure themselves privately.

    Instead, everyone would now be obliged join a single general health insurance package comprising “all necessary …

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