Digital patient record backers reduce doctor payments after protests

Plans to financially reward doctors and pharmacists whose patients sign up for the new electronic patient record system have been revised, the organisations behind the plan said on Monday.


At the weekend, the NRC reported insurance companies would pay doctors if their patients signed up and would penalise those who failed to encourage enough patients to participate.
Edwin Velzel, from VZVZ, the umbrella group behind the plan, told the paper the bonuses have been reduced but will remain.
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‘Health insurers pay for the number of patients who have registered because they only want to pay towards the system if it actually works,’ Velzel said.
‘We are paying a few cents for every patient who says yes. If a doctor’s practice has a lot of refusals – and is missing out on income – they can warn us. And let us be clear – 98% of patients are agreeing to share their medical records.’
MPs have asked health minister Edith Schippers for her thoughts on the payment system.
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