Healthcare authority takes a closer look at donations when switching,
The Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa) is investigating whether healthcare providers can offer gifts and money if a patient switches to another health insurer, the agency reports on Monday.
The reason for this is advertisements in which healthcare providers give their patients a mobile phone or money if they opt for an insurance policy that works out favorably for the healthcare provider.
“We find this very undesirable, because we believe that people should choose their health insurance policy based on the content of the policy and the associated premium,” says the NZa.
According to the healthcare authority, people who are tempted by gifts when choosing their policy run the risk that it does not meet their care needs. In addition, they may pay more than necessary.
“We are investigating whether giving money or gifts is in violation of the Health Insurance Act (Zvw) or the Healthcare Market Regulation Act (Wmg). If this is the case, we will intervene. If the law leaves room, we will enter into discussions with the Ministry of Health to come to a solution.”
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