Rijnmond gives psychiatric care in Morocco

Psychiatric health services (RIAGG) in Rijnmond are still active in Morocco providing care for Dutch patients from Moroccan backgrounds who are on holiday despite a legal ban on such care, according to various media reports on Monday.

According to BNR Nieuwsradio, RIAGG Rijnmond has found a way round the ban – introduced by health minister Hans Hoogervoorst in 2004 – by sending workers to Morocco to work for local health institutions although salaries are still paid by the Dutch health authority.
‘The minister has no understanding of healthcare. By helping our clients on the spot we’re saving hundreds of euros,’ RIAGG Rijnmond director Jos Lamé told BNR.

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