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Patients need better information on healthcare quality: MPs

Wednesday 23 January 2013

Patients should be able to get proper information about the quality of the hospitals and doctors they use, including details of criminal convictions and serious complaints, a majority of Dutch MPs say.

They want health minister Edith Schippers to set up a register as part of efforts to boost health service quality. The register should not only make it clear how good doctors and hospitals are in terms of their results, but if there have been legal issues.

'Patients have a right to this information,' Labour MP Leah Bouwmeester told news agency ANP. 'This information source will allow them to compare quality before they decide which doctor or hospital is best and for which treatments.'

The measure is supported by both the ruling Labour party and the right-wing VVD Liberals, meaning it has majority support in parliament.

'You are providing a service by letting people see there are differences between healthcare providers,' VVD parliamentarian Michiel van Veen said. 'This emphasises freedom of choice.'

MPs will debate the development of the register with Schippers on Wednesday.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I'd be a bit more imaginative. For example, how about open information on how the "Inspectie" can make secret deals with malpracticing doctors, who in my book deserved to be sued. Also, some details about the Free University Medical Center' s(VU's spelling) dangerously dysfunctional lung division.

By Husserl | 23 January 2013 10:06 AM

If I need to go to a hospital I want to know what my risks are for acquiring an infection. They should require public reporting of hospital infection rates like MRSA, Clostridium difficile, Legionnaires' disease, Norovirus infection, etc.

By Quest | 23 January 2013 12:29 PM

But, Elldith has already stated she doesn't want freedom of choice for patients and prefers they are only sent to the nearest and cheapest. Actually, it's now takes me 5x longer to workout what the reCaptcha is than it does to type what I want to say!

By Gerard | 23 January 2013 12:31 PM

The insurance companies are running the system; they want compulsory access to all patient data, they want house-doctors to make contracts with insurance companies and only see patients that use the same insurance company, they want hospitals to sign similar contracts. This good doctor/hospital register will show who is good, and then say you aren't allowed to use them, sorry wrong contract. Universal Healthcare Farewell.

By jaycee | 23 January 2013 7:54 PM

I would love this, it would make it easier to find a good dr! They get to keep records on us and pass our info around, we should get the same right

By LJK | 27 January 2013 10:43 PM

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