The Dutch healthcare policy is based on shared responsibility

Early in 2015, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport’s new Innovation & Healthcare Renewal Programme commenced. The programme focuses on low-tech, high-impact innovations, technologies that effectively exist already and have been applied in practical situations resulting in proven large-scale effects, but for which scaling up has proven to be difficult.

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The initial results have since come in. Erik Gerritsen, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) explains how the programme has been taking shape.

Self-sufficiency, self-control, and self-care. These are the Ministry of VWS’s cabinet objectives for the Netherlands. The Innovation & Healthcare Renewal Programme, which serves this objective, has been in place as of 2015. The initial results have been achieved via the formation of the so-called Informatieberaad and the dutch ‘MedMij’ programme. Foreign countries are awaiting the results of the ‘Dutch Approach’ for up-scaling digital care with interest.

The Netherlands is most competitive EU country and 4th worldwide with high rankings in healthcare, education, infrastructure with focus on innovation & technology.

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