Telemedicine in Netherlands
Netherland’s health and care system organisation
In the Netherlands, there are general and academic hospitals. Every individual has an obligatory health insurance, which pays for a lot of medical treatments. The health insurance companies have a lot of interest in everything that has to do with financing of health care in the country.
The Netherlands has primary and secondary health care: primary being general practitioners; secondary being medical specialists and tertiary health care centres like epilepsy centres. There are a number of telemedicine initiatives, however, there is no clear central or government-driven telemedicine policy.
Netherland’s health and care system financing
All services in the Netherlands are insurance-based. The country also has the concept of competition between health care providers, to keep prices low.