Trainees speak out in health reform dispute

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16 June 2005AMSTERDAM — The national organisation for trainee doctors (LOVAH) has expressed shock at the government's position in the angry dispute with family doctors about healthcare reforms.

16 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — The national organisation for trainee doctors (LOVAH) has expressed shock at the government's position in the angry dispute with family doctors about healthcare reforms.

"A qualitative and good healthcare system has been central to the campaign by doctors since the beginning. Their income has never been under discussion. If we wanted a high income, we would not become doctors," LOVAH said in a press release.

LOVAH claimed family doctors needed more money to satisfy the rising demands for healthcare in society, to modernise and to bear increasing administrative costs.

The organisation said that the new healthcare law that is due to come into force on 1 January next year gives too much power to decide what hospital and what doctor a patient can visit.

Echoing concerns raised by family doctors association LHV, LOVAH warned that the elderly and chronically ill would suffer as the new healthcare insurance  system only guarantees access to a healthcare basic package but not the additional coverage these groups often need.

Scientific research in other countries, LOVAH claimed, as should introducing more market forces to healthcare only leads to more expensive, poorer quality and fragmented healthcare.

Meanwhile, talks on Wednesday between the family doctors organisation LHV on the one side and the government and health insurers on the other failed to reach agreement on the implementation of the new system. Further talks have been scheduled for Monday.

Up to 90 percent of family doctors in the Netherlands took part in a three-day work stoppage in May in protest at new policy, and further strike action has been threatened.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news, Dutch healthcare

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