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Dieticians lose their case against health minister

Tuesday 20 March 2012

The cost of visiting a dietician need not be restored to the basic healthcare package, a judge ruled on Tuesday during legal proceedings brought by the Dutch association of dieticians.

Nutritional advice was removed from basic healthcare earlier this year because of cuts, since when the number of people consulting dieticians has halved.

The association brought the case against health minister Edith Schippers in an effort to have the move reversed, the Nos website reports.

However, the judge ruled the association was given fair warning about the move and could have taken steps to counter the extra cost for patients.

Nor is the minister liable for damages for loss of income. 'Every cut will affect a particular group,' the judge said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Luckily a smart decision about basic healthcare once in a while.
I think there are more serious treatments not included in the basic package who are more necessary to be included, than someone telling fat people to exercise, to stop eating kroket, patat oorlog, kapsalon and pre-cooked food, and to tell them that margarine is NOT good for your cholesterol.

By joanna | 21 March 2012 7:47 AM

@joanna: The problem is that that advice does help a lot of people, and cutting preventative care like this creates much bigger costs in the long run.

And since you you have all the answers and experts aren't needed, could you give me some suggestions on how to control my weight while experiencing severe exercise intolerance connected to a dysfunctional citric acid cycle that makes it very difficult to use carbohydrates or fats as fuels?

By Valentijn | 21 March 2012 12:53 PM

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