Health minister under fire over damning national health council report

10th September 2014, Comments 5 comments

Health minister Edith Schippers faced heavy criticism in parliament on Tuesday night about the functioning of the national health council and excessive government interference.

A damming report earlier this month said the council – which is supposed to regulate the healthcare sector as well as recommend policy changes – needs to have its responsibilities divided up.

The NZa has been embroiled in a string of scandals in recent months.

Its two-man board resigned after media reports that they had gone on trips paid for by drugs companies.


A prominent whistleblower committed suicide after officials ignored his 600-page report into security and privacy lapses.

There have also been several reports of government interference in NZa decisions, even though the NZa is supposed to be independent.

Schippers told MPs officials are still looking into financial agreements made between her ministry and hospitals and health insurers.

And she said officials should have viewed Arthur Gotlieb's report as a 'free lesson' and criticised senior officials for not bringing it to her attention.

The minster pledged earlier to look into dividing the regulator into two – one to monitor the market and one to make recommendations for changing the healthcare system and insurance.



5 Comments To This Article

  • carrico posted:

    on 11th September 2014, 13:20:08 - Reply

    HTD: Huh, what did you just say? I, too, am older than the hills, can't recall which country I live in now, I think, my native country, but I am, forever, an expat. There's a Senior Party?
  • HTD posted:

    on 10th September 2014, 13:56:46 - Reply

    I have only been here for 25 years, but I frankly cannot remember such a problematic Dutch government in these past years. Is my memory failing or is the current coalition really the worst one in the past 25 year as I suspect?
    If that is the case then we need a national election, and the sooner the better, even if our only choice seems to be parties that have not supported the current government, like the Senior Party, for example.
  • carrico posted:

    on 10th September 2014, 13:28:38 - Reply

    Bruce: Who'd of thunk?
    MSK: Taxation without representation is tyranny!
  • MSKadin posted:

    on 10th September 2014, 13:13:05 - Reply

    The ministry I believe is not knowing and or think it knows what to do.
    To charge and then change something is outragios first we can have our feet careforded now we can not and costs each when thought go up. Medicines are charged heavily and not based on income but across the board equal fees.
    The government allows this to occur without any oversite.
  • Bruce posted:

    on 10th September 2014, 13:12:10 - Reply

    Government interference and abuse of public position. Who'd have believed it!