The VU hospital in Amsterdam is to open a clinic for people with unspecified medical problems, reports Wednesday’s Volkskrant.
According to the paper there are around half a million people with physical complaints for which doctors can find no cause.
Neurology professor Rien Vermeulen who works at a similar clinic at Amsterdam’s AMC hospital, welcomes the new initiative at the VU and says these kinds of medical complaints are a very much ‘neglected’ within the traditional healthcare system.
The clinic, which will focus on non-neurological complaints, is due to open in the summer.
Discussions with health insurers on funding are still going on but professor of psychiatry Aartjan Beekman who is involved with the new clinic does not see a problem. ‘These patients [currently] go from specialist to specialist which is probably much more expensive,’ he tells the paper.
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