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Health Care Spending Slows in the Netherlands

In 2016, the Dutch ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport projected that national health care costs through mandated health plan-supported expenses and the long-term care act would decrease that year by $0.8 billion. In fact, recent reports show total costs decreased by more than $2 billion. These savings were primarily achieved by transferring behavioral health care to the primary care sector. Annual increases in health care costs have slowed since the Dutch government initiated cost-containment agreements within the health care sector in 2012. Health care costs covered by mandated health-insurance and the long-term care act rose from $74 billion in 2012 to $78 billion in 2016.

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