The fact that medical care had difficulty keeping up with the corona outbreak has a lot to do with the market forces in healthcare. Ernst Kuipers of the National Network Acute Care said this in the TV program On 1.
“We like market forces in healthcare, and that requires a lot of fragmented, individual parties. That doesn’t work for the right approach,” says Kuipers. “There are quite a few things that we can improve on. That has to do with the great fragmentation of the system. That almost broke us up. Because there is too little cohesion.”
Kuipers advocates creating more cohesion again: “We really have to ensure that we build much stronger networks, this year just forced us to do so.”
Kuipers is still proud of our system. “Health care in the Netherlands is almost always number one internationally, but always in the top three. This concerns accessibility and equality of treatment. That is a great good. It is a publicly paid system. It does not matter to us whether you have a job, or have an income of your own: if you need expensive treatment, you will get it. We have excellently trained people, skilled doctors, wonderful institutions. “
In the beginning of the corona crisis in the spring, it turned out that there were not enough beds in the IC wards to care for all corona patients, and IC beds and staff had to be added with a lot of art and flying work. Some of the IC patients even had to be taken to Germany.