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OLVG does help the uninsured

15 January 2005 – Hospitals in Rotterdam and The Hague increasingly refuse to treat uninsured patients. The Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis (OLVG) in Amsterdam is more lenient, writes NRC Handelsblad.

Hospitals in Rotterdam and The Hague only treat uninsured patients if they have a contagious disease or if they have a complaint which is acutely life threatening. Possible cancer does not qualify. “A lump in the breast is not acutely life threatening”, according to a representative of the Rotterdam Sint Franciscus Gasthuis.

The OLVG has a different policy: “A lump in the breast deserves to be examined immediately”. Also when other complaints are involved, the hospital is more inclined to help uninsured patients. In contrast to the hospitals in Rotterdam and The Hague, the OLVG is reimbursed for almost all costs by the regional health insurance company.

Hospitals expect that the number of uninsured will rise from the current 250,000 to perhaps a million during this year, as a result of the new health insurance system.

Source: NRC Handelsblad

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