Spending on health rises as more treatment is carried out

Spending on healthcare rose 3.5% in 2011 to almost €90bn, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.


That is the equivalent of €5,375 per person, the CBS said.
The growth was mainly due to more use being made of healthcare services rather than price rises, the CBS said. For example, hospital spending rose 5% while spending on the elderly rose 3.8%.
Health minister Edith Schippers has since reached a deal with hospitals and insurance companies to limit the growth to 2.5%.
Of the total spending, €36bn came from the basic health insurance premiums, €25bn via the AWBZ insurance scheme for long-term care and €3.7bn from top-up policies. The rest came from the government, companies and patient fees.


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