January 29, 2003

Concern about competition: an analysis of the new health care system

Knelpunten in de zorg: nieuw stelsel biedt perspectieven

Press release
De plannen voor een nieuw zorgstelsel bieden uitzicht op zowel een vermindering van de wachtlijsten als een meer efficiënt gebruik van de beschikbare capaciteit. Concurrentie tussen zorgverzekeraars en tussen zorgaanbieders speelt daarbij een sleutelrol.

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Dick Morks

This study investigates under what conditions such a reform is likely to be successful. The two central questions addressed are:

  • Which policy options are available to get competition off the ground?
  • Which policy options are available to avoid undesirable side-effects of competition?

The overall conclusion is as follows. Although the precise effects of the reforms cannot be predicted with certainty, there is a fair chance that they will improve efficiency and at the same time maintain accessibility. The risks appear to be manageable, provided that the government implements supplementary policies in time.

This publication is in Dutch.