Hospitals may test paying out profits

The health authority NZa is in talks with a number of hospitals about a test period in which they would be given the freedom to make profits and pay these out to investors, NZa chairman Frank de Grave tells Monday’s Financieele Dagblad.

De Grave says hospitals have very little money and the government is wrestling with budgetary problems, while investors are keen to invest in the health sector.
‘I’m convinced that it would be offer a wonderful social return if pension funds and banks invested in health care,’ he tells the paper.
De Grave says that the health ministry is happy to have a test period but still has to make a final decision on what would be a significant break with tradition.

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