KPMG calls for easier loans to hospitals
The financial consulting firm KPMG says the government must make it easier for hospitals to borrow money.THE NETHERLANDS - KPMG says that many hospital building plans are being delayed because banks are unwilling to lend money while the financial crisis continues.
Since 2008, hospitals have received only a small financial allowance from the government for new buildings.
KPMG says the application of market forces to the healthcare sector cannot work because hospitals have too little capital of their own.
Before the KPMG statement, the chair of the Dutch Healthcare Authority said the government should underwrite loans to hospitals.
Health Minister Ab Klink has said he is studying the problem of new building construction.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]