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Dutch Insurer Launches Quality-Based Payment Contracts for Cardiac Disease

Country Correspondent: Margje H. Haverkamp

Menzis, one of the largest Dutch health insurers, has started paying hospitals for stents and bypass surgery, based on the quality of the care delivered. Menzis has signed three-year contracts with 10 Dutch hospitals. They will be paid a fixed bundle per patient and subsequently carry risk and benefits depending on the treatment outcomes, based on data from the National Heart Registry. Menzis expects to extend this payment model to rheumatoid arthritis, breast cancer, and kidney failure over the next year.

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