Dutch news in brief, 16 June 2006

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EUR 500m overcharging in healthcare Hospitals and specialists applied for over half a billion euros too much in reimbursements from health insurers in 2005, according to research by sector organisation, Zorgverzekeraars Nederland (ZN). A spokesperson for ZN confirmed a newspaper report that particularly orthopaedists, cardiologists, surgeons and paediatricians appear to have declared too many costs. University drops paedophile student Radboud University in Nijmegen has removed a student from a training co

EUR 500m overcharging in healthcare

Hospitals and specialists applied for over half a billion euros too much in reimbursements from health insurers in 2005, according to research by sector organisation, Zorgverzekeraars Nederland (ZN). A spokesperson for ZN confirmed a newspaper report that particularly orthopaedists, cardiologists, surgeons and paediatricians appear to have declared too many costs.

University drops paedophile student

Radboud University in Nijmegen has removed a student from a training course for remedial teachers because he is a self-confessed paedophile. Newspaper 'De Gelderlander' said the university acted only after it was about to highlight Norbert de Jonge, 28, was studying to be a remedial teacher. De Jonge, 28, is secretary of the recently founded Dutch paedophile party. The group, which is campaigning for a lowering and eventual abolition of the age of consent, is now calling itself 'PNVD'. Security company NVD won an injunction to stop the party using those initials.

Netherlands recognises Montenegro

Less than a week after the Dutch team beat Serbia-Montenegro 1-0 in the World Cup, the government in The Hague granted formal recognition to Montenegro as an independent state. Foreign Ministers of European Union agreed earlier this week to recognise the new state, but the formal act is a matter for each country. The US and Russia were the first countries to recognise Montenegro which voted in a referendum on 21 may to dissolve the union with Serbia. The Serbian government voted on Thursday to accept the dissolution of the entity left over from the former Yugoslavia. The Dutch Embassy in the Serbian capital of Belgrade will continue handling affairs with Montenegro.

30,000 young internet addicts

At least 30,000 young people between the ages of 11 and 15 are addicted to the internet, according to a study by the institute for addiction research IVO. That is 4 percent of the total number of children, aged 11 to 15, in the Netherlands. The 'addicts' spend so much time surfing the net and using chat rooms - other aspects of their lives, including homework, suffer, the IVO said. It called for action by parents, schools and care workers to address the problem.

Tele2-Versatel merger on hold

Sweden's Tele2 and Dutch telecom firm Versatel announced on Friday that preparations for a merger have been put on hold. They are now considering alternatives. Tele2 said that one of these alternatives is for Versatel to acquire Tele2's Dutch and Belgian activities. Tele2 said it today owns 82.4 percent of Versatel, which is already fully consolidated in its accounts. Tele2 announced last summer it was buying Versatel for EUR 1.34 billion. Minority shareholders are opposing the plan. The companies expect to be able to have more clarity about the stalled merger by 1 September.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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