Ministries see no need for higher co-payments

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The Ministries of Health, Welfare and Sport and Education see no need to increase the allowance for interns. This is evident from a letter to the House of Representatives, on the eve of a day of action in which The Medical Student and the LAD (National Association of Doctors in Employment) want to argue for a higher reimbursement.

The PVV parliamentary group asked for clarification on this in response to an e-mail that a medical student had sent to the House of Representatives to say that she could not make ends meet financially during internships. In a letter to the House of Representatives, however, Minister for Long-Term Care Conny Helder points out, also on behalf of the Minister of Education, that medical students can also receive student finance or a supplementary grant, ‘also during internships’, and that this ‘makes it possible to complete a study’ regardless of socio-economic status’.

The ministers refer to earlier agreements to regard internships as a form of teaching work and not as an internship, and consider the current allowance of 100 euros a month to be appropriate. According to Helder, there are no figures on medical students who discontinue their internships for financial reasons.

Support doctors

During their day of action on Tuesday, the medical student and the LAD focus on the Dutch Association of Hospitals (NVZ), in the hope that there will be a higher reimbursement in the hospital collective agreement. They ask doctors to support them on Tuesday through photos and videos on social media, with the hashtag #handenopelkaarvoordeco.

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