9th Health Policy Workshop: Regional variation in health care: What can we learn from it?

In health care many regional differences in utilization and prices exist. A patient with back pain may get treated in hospital A but not in hospital B. Dutch research shows that hospital specialists treat back hernia in some regions two to five times more than in other regions. A patient faces also different prices for the same treatment. Recently released data by a Dutch health insurer showed that prices for the same treatment can differ by a factor two or three among hospitals.

December 8, 2016
Ministry of VWS, Apollozaal, Parnassusplein 5, The Hague


Several questions will be discussed during the workshop:

  • How should we measure regional variation?
  • What are the causes of regional variation in health care?
  • What are the consequences of regional variation for health care spending?

 The Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), The Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa), and the Tilburg Law and Economics Center of Tilburg University (TILEC) jointly organize a series of 'Health Policy Workshops'. These workshops cover relevant and highly debated topics in health care, and provide a platform for knowledge exchange and discussion between policy makers and researchers working in this field.

Date, time and location:

Date:                  Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time:                 13.00 hrs – 17.30 hrs
Location:         Ministerie van VWS, Apollozaal, Parnassusplein 5, Den Haag.

Entrance is free if you register before December 5, 2016.

Please register here: Register

For more details, visit the workshop-website.