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15 Feb 2016

The policy and politics of the 2015 long-term care reform in the Netherlands

Authors: Maarse, J.A.M. and Jeurissen, P.P.                     Published: February 2016

As of 2015 a major reform in LTC is taking place in the Netherlands. An important objective of the reform is to reign in expenditure growth to safeguard the fiscal sustainability of LTC. Other objectives are to improve the quality of LTC by making it more client-tailored. The reform consists of four interrelated pillars: a normative reorientation, a shift from residential to non-residential care, decentralization of non-residential care and expenditure cuts. The article gives a brief overview of these pillars and their underlying assumptions.

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