Good Governance in European Healthcare: The Netherlands

June 2017

As elsewhere in Europe, the Netherlands is facing the challenge of ensuring effective healthcare governance in an increasingly complex environment. In the Netherlands specifically, these complexities relate to technological advances in medicine, a growing need for cost control, changes in the physician-patient relationship, and an introduction of competition, creating possible tension between competitive and collaborative activities.

This short technical briefing paper is one of a series that GGI has produced, exploring good governance in European countries. Throughout these papers, we have been exploring:

• How healthcare organisations are governed

• What are the principles and national drivers of good governance?

• What are the pros and cons of the current governance structure?

• What are the future challenges for governance?

• How will governance adapt to the changing healthcare environment?

These essays have been produced based on GGI’s own experience working with healthcare organisations, a review of existing literature, and from our conversations with key contacts.

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