Health insurer Menzis will now pay for depression treatments based on result, instead of on the number of treatments. The insurer signed a contract on this new approach with 18 mental health institutions. This involves treatments that last for less than a year, for patients who do not have chronic depression, NOS reports.
Nearly half of the people suffering from mental health problems in the Netherlands do not make use of medicine or health care, according to a survey by the national platform for mental health GGz and the Dutch federation for patients Ieder(in) published on Monday. The survey among more than 10 thousand patients found that high costs is the main reason for patients to avoid being treated, Trouw reports.
This survey reveals a sharp contrast between mental health care and physical health care - about a third of people with physical health problems don't go for treatment.
Insurer VGZ and the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen plan to reduce healthcare costs by spending more time with patients during consultations with doctors. According to them, the pressure to reduce costs in medical care actually leads to more treatments and therefore increased costs
Philips and Amsterdam Medical Center (AMC) announced they're collaboration in a clinical study of a new, minimally invasive treatment for diabetic foot and critical limb ischemia (CLI) last week. At the moment, there is no diagnostic method to immediately evaluate the result of an angioplasty - the currently preferred treatment option to restore blood circulation in a foot.