Expensive medicines will be paid for, says minister
Friday 10 August 2012
Expensive medicines will continue to be paid for in the future, health minister Edith Schippers told Radio 1 on Thursday evening.
She was reacting to advice from the health insurance council CVZ that expensive medicine for the rare metabolic disorders Pompe and Fabry should not be paid for from the health budget.
The minister said she wants people with a serious illness to get the help they need if the treatment 'really works and really helps patients'. So long as this is the case, it does not matter if there are 10, 100 or 1,000 patents, she told Radio 1.
The advice from CVZ led to a national discussion on the subject.