Health minister proposes budget cut of EUR 800m

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The deputy public health minister has proposed a drastic cut of the Exceptional Medical Expenses Act (AWBZ) by EUR 800 million.

13 June 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Deputy Public Health Minister Jet Bussemaker has proposed cutting the budget of the Exceptional Medical Expenses Act (AWBZ) by EUR 800 million.

The AWBZ provides the chronically ill, the disabled and the elderly with medical care and other forms of help that are not covered by insurance policies.

However, more and more people are claiming money from the AWBZ and the deputy health minister has proposed cutting funding for a number of programmes, including home work supervision for ADHD children, to prevent costs skyrocketing.

At present, Dutch workers contribute on average 12 percent of their salaries to the AWBZ but Bussemaker says, unless costs can be contained, that amount could double. The cabinet will discuss the proposal on Friday.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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