Rudy Douven

wetenschappelijk medewerker, Sector 4 Marktordening
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I am health economist and policy advisor at CPB, Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis and Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). I have been a researcher at CPB since 1996, where I worked for the last fifteen years on health policy and reform. In my work I have often bridged the gap between research and policy; for example, I was responsible for the formal analysis of the proposed health policy measures by the political parties during the general elections in 2010, 2012 and 2017. I spearheaded the research that led in 2011 to make health insurers responsible for controlling the total level of health care expenditure. I also worked as an expert adviser for many official working groups, such as the Dutch Social Economic Council on long-term care in 2009, the official working group on reconsidering curative health care in 2010 and at the working group on mental illnesses in 2010 and efficiency in 2013. In 2013-2014, I was a Harkness Fellow at the Health Care and Policy Department of Harvard Medical School in Boston.

 I have published my work in the following peer-reviewed  international journals:

Health Affairs, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, Health Economics, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Control Engineering Practice, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, European Journal of Political Economy, European Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics Policy and Law, International Journal of Game Theory, International Journal of Health Economics and Management, Economic Modelling, Biometrical Journal.

I have presented my work in many different countries. For a full list of my English and Dutch work, please visit my CV on the left.



August 26, 2021

When financials get tough, life gets rough? Problematic debts and ill health

In this paper, we investigate whether individuals obtaining problematic debts are more likely to use mental healthcare or social guidance and/or financial help, and whether they have higher mental healthcare costs.

When financials get tough, life gets rough?
March 12, 2021

Een lagere zorgpremie vergroot overstapbereidheid

In Nederland wordt de verplichte zorgverzekering voor vijftig procent gefinancierd via een inkomensafhankelijke bijdrage en voor de andere helft door de verzekerden zelf via de nominale premie en het eigen risico....

June 25, 2020

Evaluatie programma’s Beatrixziekenhuis en Bernhoven

Nieuwe manier van werken ziekenhuizen leidt tot doelmatiger zorg zonder kwaliteitsverlies.

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June 25, 2020

Casestudie Beatrixziekenhuis en Bernhoven

Het CPB, IQ healthcare en de Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit (NZa) hebben samen een onderzoek uitgevoerd om na te gaan in hoeverre beide ziekenhuizen in de eerste drie jaar van hun programma’s de doelstelling voor een meer...

May 27, 2020

Prices and market power in mental health care: Evidence from a major policy change in the Netherlands

In the Dutch health care system of managed competition, insurers and mental health providers negotiate on prices for mental health services. Contract prices are capped by a regulator who sets a maximum price for each...