Hospitals paid out around €3m in golden handshakes to 12 departing managers last year, according to trade magazine Medisch Contact.
The average pay-off rose 29% to €300,000. The magazine says this amount is remarkable because of spending cuts in healthcare and the law limiting pay-offs to a maximum of €75,000.
Top of the list is Emile Lohman, former manager at the university medical centre St Radboud in Nijmegen. He received €660,000.
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