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Dutch government introduces swingeing cuts to health spending

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 18 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:641
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The centre right Dutch coalition announced this week that it intended to make big cuts in health spending, which would end the country's place as one of the top three spenders on health care in Europe. It is to reduce spending by €2.3bn (£1.6bn; $2.6bn) a year, out of a health budget of €41bn, in an attempt to slow the apparently inexorable rise in health spending.

    The Royal Dutch Medical Association said that the economies would be “disastrous” and were “bad for patients and bad for doctors.”

    Launching its cuts under the slogan “affordability through personal responsibility,” …

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