We've got too many hospitals, says health insurance chief
Wednesday 11 July 2012
Some 15 hospitals could close down in the Netherlands without patients being worse off, according to Wim van der Meeren, head of the CZ health insurance group.
Van der Meeren suggested making the closures in Tuesday's edition of television talk show Altijd Wat.
In particular, the bigger cities have too many hospitals, Van der Meeren said. Closing one hospital in Amsterdam, for example, would not make any difference to patient care.
CZ is the third-biggest health insurance group in the country, with 3.4 million policyholders.
Last September, health insurance companies called for a sharp reduction in the number of hospital accident and emergency departments because of rising healthcare costs.
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