Healthcare in the Netherlands: Public or Private?

Is the supposedly “private” Netherlands healthcare system a model for the US? And what would it take, politically and in terms of concrete policy, to transition to this system? Dr. Kieke Okma, an expert on healthcare systems around the world, joins us to discuss how exactly the Dutch healthcare system works (to start: its 80% publicly financed), the nature and extent of the privatization reforms made over the past 15 years, and the effect those reforms have had on the healthcare system. We discuss more broadly the role of government in any healthcare system and what the private sector can and can not deliver in the health insurance sphere.

You can find a copy of her upcoming book, Health Reforms Across the World: The Experience of Twelve Small and Medium-Sized Nations with Changing Their Healthcare Systems, by clicking the title.

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