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Netherlands approves introduction of competition into health service

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 16 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1409
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The Dutch Senate this week approved major changes to the Dutch health service, despite widespread concerns among the medical profession. The changes will introduce competition and market forces into the system. Ninety per cent of GPs staged a three day strike in connection with the changes last month (BMJ 2005;330:1287, 4 Jun).

    The health minister, Hans Hoogervorst, won Senate approval with a series of promises, including a pledge to consider his own position if the changes, due to start on 1 January, result in chaos.

    The vote ends …

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