Is the healthcare provision in the Netherlands compliant with universal health coverage based on the right to health? A narrative literature review

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Universal health coverage, as one of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, is the access to key promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health interventions for all at an affordable cost. It is a practical expression of the concern for health equity and the right to health, and a goal for all countries. This review is a novel attempt to explore the healthcare provision in the Netherlands as an expression of universal health coverage based on the right to health.The study adopted a narrative review approach using a framework that consists of 10 universal health coverage indicators which are derived from seven human rights principles. The techno-economic approach to healthcare provision by the Dutch state achieves a healthcare system where most of the population is covered for most of the services for most of the costs. The Dutch state complies with its minimum core obligations, while less attention is paid to participatory decision making and non-discrimination principles. However, with the fiscal sustainability of healthcare provision showing erosion, basing healthcare policy on values based on human rights principles might prevent a regressive policy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number38
Pages (from-to)38
Number of pages11
JournalGlobalization and Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2022


  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Netherlands
  • Right to Health
  • Universal Health Insurance
  • The Netherlands
  • Health equity
  • Universal health coverage
  • Right to health
  • Health system financing

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