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Long-term care reform in the Netherlands: too large to handle?

van Ginneken E, Kroneman M
Eurohealth 21(3): 47 - 50




To ensure the affordability, accessibility and qualitty of long-term care in the future, the Exceptional Medical Expenses Act (AWBZ) underwent major reform in 2015, aiming to save costs and kee people self-sufficient for as long as possible. Most forms of non-residential care were transferred to the municipalities and added to the Social Support Act and Youth Act, while insurers were made responsible for home nursing. Residential long-term care will be available under the new Long Term Care Act, which will replace the AWBZ. So far, implementation has been rocky, leading to several problems, including late payments and shortfalls in provision.

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