The opinion pieces that the editors received in 2022 covered a variety of topics. This is reflected in the list of best-read blogs: the care performance model, a robot that reduces administrative pressure, waiting lists in mental health care, a nursing home as a temporary residence and whether medical specialists are employed or not.
Robot saves emergency room doctors 700 clicks per day
In the emergency department of the Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital, a robot takes care of part of the administration. This so-called robotic process automationsolution saves the doctors 15 minutes per patient, write RPA developer at the Quoratio Group and Hans de Boer, Healthcare Control Manager at CWZ Nijmegen.
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Health insurers humiliate people who need psychological help and home care
Health insurers will specifically charge people who need mental health care, nursing and care (home care) for this care if they opt for a care provider without a contract with the health insurer. Do we allow the vulnerable and those in need to be humiliated and excluded? David Con, independent psychiatrist and psychotherapist, writes about it.
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Ban waiting lists in mental health care
The Netherlands may have the highest density of healthcare providers in the world. Still, there are waiting lists. That is actually quite strange, says Gerard van den Berg, an independent psychiatrist in Utrecht. ‘Charlotte Bouwman put the waiting list problem on the political agenda at the beginning of 2020 by protesting every Monday on the steps of VWS together with her dog under the motto: ‘There are still 90,000 waiting for you’. A Steering Group on Waiting Lists has been set up. Despite the efforts of the field, pressure from the ministry, the House of Representatives and reports from the Nza, the waiting lists are still as long. They are not increasing and they are not decreasing. A sad fact you would say, but somehow hopeful. If the waiting lists do not get shorter and no longer, a balance has apparently been reached. If there were scarcity, the waiting lists would grow.’
Nursing home as a temporary residence
The government is announcing drastic changes in elderly care. What Jannie Nijlunsing, director of De Hoven, misses is the real story. ‘That must be told, so that we can start thinking together at an early stage about new forms of care for the elderly in the last phase of their lives,’ she writes.
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Creating health requires courage to change course
The real fight against pandemics should focus on measures that promote health and not just on care capacity, say intensivist Hugo Touw, general practitioner Shakib Sana, professor Jan Kremer and professor and internist Robin Peeters. That takes decisiveness and guts.
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Manifesto: Independent medical specialists are indispensable partners for the future
Independent medical specialists oppose compulsory paid employment. That is why they handed over a joint manifesto to Minister Ernst Kuipers of VWS on 24 March. ‘Be proud of the contribution of 7,000 independent medical specialists to ensuring that healthcare is good, accessible and affordable for every patient. Be careful with the creativity, flexibility and innovative power to shape the transformation to appropriate care.’
The manifesto can be read here
The healthcare performance model will soon fail to deliver on its promises
In less than two weeks, mental health care/forensic care will switch to a new funding system, the care performance model (zpm). The zpm makes great promises, but now that implementation is imminent, Hilde Taverne, Program Manager Care Innovations & Project Leader ZPM at the Helen Dowling Institute, doubts whether these will be fulfilled. ‘Basically I am in favor of the Care Performance Model, mainly because of the gaps in the current dbc system. But if we continue on the current course, we will recover some of the problems of the dbc system, with more administrative burden and less trust.’
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District nursing is becoming the oil woman of care
Discussions on the Integrated Care Agreement will start this week. The new cabinet has evaluated the outline agreements that were drawn up per sector in 2017 under the auspices of the previous cabinet. Conclusion: it must be more integrated, it must be combined, otherwise ‘the right care will never be in the right place’.
Read the blog by Jeroen van den Oever, chairman of the board of VVT organization Fundis and IZA negotiator on behalf of ActiZ