Hundreds of millions wasted on unnecessary operations
Research conducted by the Dutch health ministry shows between 500 million and one billion euros a year is wasted on unnecessary operations.
The research also showed that in some hospitals patients are four times more likely to undergo surgery than in others. In addition to the costs, patients are needlessly put at risk, as any surgical procedure can go wrong. The researchers argue for clear guidlines for doctors which dictate when operations are allowed and when they are not. Doctors caught ignoring these guidelines should face financial sanctions. A spokesperson for the health inspectorate argued for much stricter oversight by health insurance companies. However, the health insurance companies feel that doctors should draw up clearer guidelines.
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