Health care insurance companies have been afforded a new policy option in which they only pay for specialist care or psychologists which are under contract with them. This policy can be cheaper for insurers, and will be introduced in 2016.
The Cabinet has signed a deal allowing healthcare insurers to choose whether or not to insure healthcare providers who are not under contract, a law which will be introduced per 2016. Previously, this was mandatory. Coalition parties PvdA and VVD signed with opposition parties D66, ChristenUnie and SGP, De Volkskrant reports.
Healthcare inspectors have censured more care institutions in 2013 than previous years, according to the year report from the Inspection for Healthcare (IGZ).
Almost half of Dutch people want physiotherapy and dental back in the basic healthcare insurance plan, even though this means that health insurance will become more expensive for everyone in the Netherlands.
The cabinet is laying out an employment plan for the care sector, which is meant to help 80,000 people get a job or training.
Professor of health economics at the University of Maastricht, Wim Groot, claims healthcare insurance is too expensive. He claims a figure of about one billion per year is paid in excess.
An 81-year old diabetic woman from Haarlem passed away after being stuck under a couch for four days.
KPN has formed partnership with Ascom Wireless Solutions to develop products for healthcare market in the Netherlands.
Dutch researcher Adriaan Tuiten and his team are seeking approval from the U.S. drugs authority FDA to perform phase three clinical trials on a pill to increase sexual desire in women, reports the Volkskrant.
Food watchdog Foodwatch said that the National School Breakfast is advertising, marketing and promotion of children's unhealthy eating, reports ANP.
Dutch company Royal Philips has teamed up with Israel-based RealView Imaging Ltd. to conduct a clinical study.
The Wednesday TV special “Together Against Child Cancer” has raised over 3.5 million euro (3,556,000 to be exact). A total of 711,200 symbolic stones were sold each for 5 euro. The collected money is intended for the construction of the Princess Máxima Centre in Utrecht. The amount may still grow because the campaign is not yet finished.
The quality of healthcare in the Netherlands is not transparent enough. The Dutch Court of Audits, de Algemene Rekenkamer, states that it is difficult for patients to choose the right health care institution or practitioner because there is not enough information on their quality.