Established specialists can still receive a subsidy of 100,000 euros up to and including next year if they switch to paid employment in their health facility. This program already existed between 2015 and 2019 and will be continued, writes Minister Tamara van Ark (Medical Care) to the House of Commons. Eight million euros are earmarked for this so that eighty specialists can make use of it. The proportion of employed skilled workers has increased slightly for years, she writes
According to the minister, a total of 474 established medical specialists have applied for subsidies over the past five years. The aim of the program was to remove the financial barriers to switching.
Specialist partnerships within hospitals are often critical as these companies are often paid per medical treatment. According to the Dutch Health Authority (NZa), among other things, this could be the wrong incentive to increase production and possibly provide unnecessary care. This leads to higher healthcare costs.
Since 2016, for the first time, more specialists have been employed than in the free enterprise, writes the minister. This could be because more female medical specialists have arrived and are busy more often, says Van Ark. Older professionals who were relatively often self-employed have also retired.