More small hospitals risk bankruptcy

Ten to 15 small hospitals in the Netherlands could end up in financial difficulty and go bankrupt, experts told the AD on Tuesday.

According to a report by accountancy group BDO, hospitals in Veghel, Sittard-Geleen and Boxmeer are at risk because of their financial situation, the paper says.

In particular, small hospitals without obvious specialisms are likely to get into trouble, particularly if they face competition from other clinics. ‘They have trouble paying the bills, have no financial buffers and make hardly any profit,’ BDO chairman Chris van den Haak said.

On Monday, the Ruwaard van Putten Ziekenhuis in Spijkenisse was declared bankrupt. It is being taken over by three other hospitals in the Rotterdam area.

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