Healthcare Reform


What would a Labour government mean for private providers in the UK?

As the UK’s political parties enter the final straight for next Thursday’s general election, the outcome is all but certain, with polling strongly indicating that the Labour Party is set to return to power for the first time since 2010 — at current projections with the largest parliamentary majority in British history.

“Nice words, but less money” — new Dutch government announces healthcare prospectus

The newly-formed far-right Dutch coalition government of the PVV, VVD, NSC and BBB parties this month laid out its agreed policy programme in the document ‘Hoop, Lef en Trots’ (‘Hope, Courage and Pride’). While the agreement expresses the new government’s intention to improve healthcare accessibility and make the sector more attractive for workers, it also outlines substantial budget cuts that have raised concerns among healthcare industry groups.

Will Germany’s hospital reform fix the sector’s problems?

Two weeks ago Germany’s cabinet government approved Health Minister Karl Lauterbach’s hospital reform. The current watered-down reform’s key feature is a proposal to move the sector’s reimbursement model away from fee-per-service payments, purportedly to reduce the incentive to overtreat. However, experts tell us the real motivation is still to shut down smaller unspecialised hospitals. Will it succeed in doing so?

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