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Dutch will have to pay for drugs they need as a result of unhealthy living

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 06 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:64
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Doctors and health insurance bodies in the Netherlands are worried that the new Dutch government plans to include cholesterol lowering statins and antacid drugs in a list of so called “lifestyle medicines” to be removed from basic health insurance cover.

    The programme of the new, centre-right government aims to “halt the steep growth” in the pharmaceutical budget through “considering critically” which medicines are reimbursed.

    It has decided that it should not reimburse patients for drugs that they need as a result of pursuing an unhealthy lifestyle— for example, in terms of diet and smoking. …

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