Long-term care insurance in the Netherlands

Frederik T. Schut, Bernard van den Berg

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The Netherlands was the first country to introduce a universal mandatory social health insurance scheme (AWBZ) for covering a broad range of long-term care (LTC) services provided in a variety of care settings. Compared with most other Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, coverage of LTC services is relatively comprehensive. This comprehensive coverage might explain why, in comparison with most other OECD countries, both total and public expenditure on LTC in the Netherlands are high, particularly since the percentage of elderly is similar to the OECD average (OECD, 2005). This can at least partly be explained by the relatively generous social health insurance scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFinancing Long-Term Care in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationInstitutions, Markets and Models
EditorsJoan Costa-Font, Christophe Courbage
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780230349193
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2011

Bibliographical note

© 2012 Frederik T. Schut and Bernard van den Berg

previous draft of this chapter was presented at the 7th World Congress of the international Health Economics Association (iHEA) in Beijing and at the International Conference on the Policies and Regulations of Health and Long-term Care Costs of the Elderly in Tokyo.

Part of this research has been supported by a research grant to Hitotsubashi University from the Ministry of Education of Japan (grant number 18002001)

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