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Doctors face financial pressure to agree to electronic record plan

Sunday 25 November 2012

Health insurance companies are planning to give financial incentives to family doctors and pharmacists who encourage their patients to sign up for the new digital patient records system, the NRC reported at the weekend.

The paper bases its claim on internal documents from the organisation set up to facilitate the new system, the association of healthcare providers for communication, or VZVZ.

The new system replaces the controversial centralised digital records system which the upper house of parliament rejected last year over privacy concerns.


The lack of legislation means the new set-up, developed by doctors, hospitals, health insurers and partly funded by the government, must be voluntary.

According to the NRC, doctors and pharmacies who encourage 90% of their patients to sign up will get a financial reward. The VZVZ refused to comment, saying the details are still being worked out.

The NRC also says doctors and pharmacists who refuse to sign up to the system will eventually be excluded by health insurance companies, making it impossible for them to function.


Labour MP Lea Bouwmeester told the paper this is a ‘bizarre construction’. Although there are advantages to exchanging medical information about patients, ‘a financial stimulus is completely undesirable,’ she said. ‘The new system should not be forced on people.’

Health minister Edith Schippers gave assurances last year that health insurance companies will not have access to electronic records.

MPs are demanding a debate with the minister on the latest developments.

Will you sign up to the new electronic patient records scheme? Share your thoughts using the comment form below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

No, I will not sign up and I am happy to hear that it will not be forced on us; and I don't see why the Doctors and pharmacies should be either.Why don't you give us "patients" a financial incentives to sign up?

By dee | 25 November 2012 1:01 PM

No. Over my dead body.

By Me | 25 November 2012 2:34 PM

Doctors face financial pressure to agree to electronic record plan. This may be against Dutch law, Article 110 of the Constitution to be precise.

By Terence Hale | 25 November 2012 4:02 PM

@Me,do not tempt them.(no smiley here ,i am damn serious)

By Aber Natuurlijk | 25 November 2012 10:34 PM

huh?? with all the issues in the NL news lately about people's confidential medical and other info not being protected, they want this? no way jose

By Z | 26 November 2012 5:14 AM

The bullying never seems to cease these days, what's next, agenda 21 implementation?

By The visitor | 26 November 2012 9:29 PM

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