Cabinet continues to work on conditions for healthcare dividend

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The government wants to be able to set conditions for profit distributions that ‘pose risks to the quality, availability or accessibility of care’. VWS Minister Ernst Kuipers lifts that modest tip of the veil about a bill that is being prepared.

For several years now, the government has been working on legislation that should limit the profit distributions that may be paid out in the healthcare sector (by extramural institutions). According to Kuipers, this bill is still being worked on behind the scenes. He wants to ‘create the possibility, if necessary, to set conditions for profit distributions that pose risks to the quality, availability or accessibility of care’.

These risks can arise ‘for example when the realization of (distributable) profit becomes more important than the quality or accessibility of care,’ says Kuipers. ‘I believe that the social interests of affordable, accessible and high-quality care should outweigh the financial interests of shareholders and other stakeholders’. Kuipers also emphasizes that he does not want to extend the existing ban (for intramural institutions) on profit distributions in healthcare.

Previously, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport had suggested that the bill should make it possible to impose different conditions on profit distributions for each healthcare sector, or to include a maximum standard for the amount of dividend.

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