Dutch minister incurs wrath of GPs
The National Association of General Practitioners is angry with Health Minister Ab Klink’s measures to reduce the rising costs of family doctors.12 September 2008
THE NETHERLANDS -- The National Association of General Practitioners (LHV) says it is no longer prepared to talk to Health Minister Ab Klink as they are angry about measures he has taken to reduce the rising costs of family doctors.
The minister says the cost of consultations exceeded 2007’s budget by EUR 124 million, in part because the number of registered patients increased. Things are heading in the same direction this year. He is planning to save EUR 83 million by halving the fee for repeated prescriptions, from EUR 4.50 to EUR 2.25.
The LHV says the minister has created the unfair impression that family doctors have been earning too much in recent years. The association says it will be consulting its members about its next move.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]