THE HAGUE (ANP) – Freely established medical specialists can still receive 100,000 euros in subsidy until next year if they switch to paid employment at their healthcare institution. This scheme already existed between 2015 and 2019 and will be continued, writes Minister Tamara van Ark (Medical Care) to the Lower House. Eight million euros has been earmarked for this, so that eighty specialists can make use of it. The proportion of salaried specialists has been rising slightly for years, she writes
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According to the minister, a total of 474 freely established medical specialists have applied for subsidies in the past five years. The aim of the scheme was to reduce the financial obstacles to the switch.
The partnerships of specialists within hospitals are often criticized, because these companies are often paid per medical treatment. This could be the wrong incentive to increase production and possibly provide unnecessary care, according to the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa), among others. This leads to higher healthcare costs.
Since 2016, for the first time, more medical specialists have been employed than in free establishment, the minister writes. This may be because more female medical specialists have come and they are more often employed, says Van Ark. Older specialists, who were relatively more often self-employed, have also retired.