Code red – Scenario for healthcare developments
In 2009, the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport proposed new measures to mitigate the impact of the economic crisis on healthcare.
When we researched the effects of these measures, it became clear that the proposed 2.4 billion euros in extra spending cuts were negligible compared to the gap between tax and premium revenue and the growing costs of healthcare. This report illuminates potential savings by expanding the B segment and improving chronic care. Finally, we discuss the possibility of closing hospitals when improving efficiency does not appear feasible.