Home nursing sector on verge of collapse

The home nursing sector is on the brink of collapse and 12,000 people may lose their jobs, the heads of two big home nursing groups say in today’s Volkskrant.

Since funding for home helps and home nursing was shifted from the national AWBZ health insurance system to the local authorities only the very cheapest providers are getting contracts, they claim.
In addition, physically or mentally-handicapped old people who could live at home with the right support are more likely to be placed in nursing homes, which are paid for by the AWBZ system, Eric Hisgen of Thuiszorg Rotterdam and Gerard Tanke of Thuiszorg Amsterdam tell the paper.

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