People with eye disorders could face blindness due to health insurance budget cuts on expensive treatments, according to interest organizations like the Eye Fund. The interest groups are referring specifically to eye injections used to treat people with retinal abnormalities, ANP reports.
Enormous budget cuts to elderly care done by the Rutte II cabinet saved no money, according to a study by newspaper AD, De Groene Amsterdammer and Investico. The Rutte II cabinet thought to save 1.88 billion euros by being less quick to send elderly people to nursing home, but eventually not a cent was left of that amount, according to the study.
Dutch voters have little confidence in the country's current healthcare system, which was implemented 11 years ago. 57 percent of voters want the government to take back control of healthcare instead of insurers, according to a study Ipsos did for Dutch newspaper Trouw.
Only 37 percent of Dutch children between the ages of 2 and 4 years ever visit the dentist according to figures from heath insurer Zilveren Kruis that newspaper AD published on Friday.
Insurers CZ and Menzis confirmed the figures - kids under the age of five hardly ever go to the dentist. After the age of four, dentist visits increase to 80 percent, but mostly just to fix damage sustained to teeth, according to the Dutch association for pediatric dentistry NVvK.
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health won the Big Brother Award for privacy violation, was announced at the award ceremony in Amsterdam on Monday. She is "proud" of the award, she said in a first reaction, Het Parool reports.
According to consumers association Consumentenbond, the Dutch health insurers have more than 3.3 billion euros in "extra" reserves, even though they're making less profits. The association calls on the insurers to stop "hoarding unnecessarily" and "do everything to reduce the premium increases", ANP reports.
Figures from last year show that the four big insurers CZ, VGZ, Achmea and Menzis made half the profit they did in 2014. "But the four still managed to put 307 million into the reserve port in 2015", Bart Combee, director of the Consumentenbond said.
The government will not compensate people losing purchasing power if the health insurance premiums turn out to be higher than expected, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance said in a debate on the 2017 budget on Wednesday
Dutch parliamentarians are shocked and outraged by the high premium increase health insurer DSW announced on Monday. The insurer announced an increase of 9.4 percent, much higher than the 3.5 percent the Ministry of Health predicted on Budget Day.
On Tuesday the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, adopted a legislative proposal that gives insurers the ability to look at the medical records of patients if they suspect fraud is being committed. This can be done without the patient's consent, provided that the patient is informed no later than three months after the fact, Motherboard reports.
More and more Dutch are confused about what exactly falls under the healthcare deductibles they have to pay, according to a study done by TNS NIPO on behalf of health insurer VGZ
The Public Prosecutor and Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment launched an investigation into reports of care fraud at UMC Utrecht, Zembla reports. According to the program, the hospital tampers with care treatment codes for health insurers.
The government and the Association of Dutch Municipalities reached an agreement on locating all homeless people in the country and giving them a fixed post address. This is to make sure they have access to health insurance and medical care, for which you need at least a postal address
The number of people switching health insurers this year is significantly lower than in previous years, comparison site Zorgkiezer.nl announced on Thursday
Coalition parties VVD and PvdA are pushing Health Minister Edith Schippers to make sure that citizens do not fall victim to "vague" health insurance policies
One in five patients taking lung medication have been switched to a generic brand in order to reduce the cost of medicines. Almost half of these patients have experienced discomfort due to the switch
Patients suffering from the fatal disease ALS sometimes have to wait so long for aid devices like wheelchairs and stair lifts, that they no longer need them by the time they finally arrive. Because of the many bureaucratic battles they face and how quickly the disease progresses, some patients have already passed away when the aids they requested are finally available.
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health wants health insurers to be more transparent by reducing the number of different health insurance polices they offer to people.
General Practitioners are increasingly treating people with serious psychological or psychiatric problems themselves. This is because referral to specialist care often does not work or is very difficult after the budget cuts for mental health.
Two thirds of the 11 thousand doctors in the Netherlands have had enough of the unending amount of administrative work they have to deal with every day for the health insurance companies. They feel this takes time that they could have spent with patients and that something must be done.
The group of doctors who directed the manifesto "Everything must change" to Minister Edith Schippers of Public health last month, thinks further contract negotiations with health insurers are meaningless as they do not listen. The manifesto is supported by 7,418 of the total 11,345 house doctors in the Netherlands - 65 percent.
Most house doctors (92 percent) who have signed a contract with health insurers are dissatisfied with the contract. This is according to a survey by the Landelijke Huisartsen Vereniging (LHV), NOS reports.
Further changes to the new healthcare law proposal by Dutch health minister Edith Schippers (VVD) drew doubts and opposition after Parliament heard the amended plan on Wednesday.
Minister Edith Schippers (Health) just announced measures for her healthcare bill in a press conference. It will become possible for insurers to charge a reduced amount against a patient's deductible if they go to a specialist that has a contract with the insurer. There will also be stricter supervision on mergers of institutions, in the revised version of the bill that was surprisingly voted down in the upper house of parliament.
The largest healthcare comparison sites in the Netherlands expect that half a million people will switch health insurers over the next three days. This means that about half of the expected 1 million switchers waited until the last moment to change.