The policy and politics of the 2015 long-term care reform in the Netherlands

J. A. M. (Hans) Maarse*, P. P. (Patrick) Jeurissen

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Abstract

As of 2015 a major reform in LTC is taking place in the Netherlands. An important objective of the reform is to reign in expenditure growth to safeguard the fiscal sustainability of LTC. Other objectives are to improve the quality of LTC by making it more client-tailored. The reform consists of four interrelated pillars: a normative reorientation, a shift from residential to non-residential care, decentralization of non-residential care and expenditure cuts. The article gives a brief overview of these pillars and their underlying assumptions. Furthermore, attention is paid to the political decision-making process and the politics of implementation and evaluation. Perceptions of the effects of the reform so far widely differ: positive views alternate with critical views. Though the reform is radical in various aspects, LTC care will remain a largely publicly funded provision. A statutory health insurance scheme will remain in place to cover residential care. The role of municipalities in publicly funded non-residential care is significantly upgraded. The final section contains a few policy lessons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-245
JournalHealth Policy
Volume120
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Long-term care
  • Reforms
  • DUTCH health care

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