Private and non-profit providers

Since 2006, the Dutch system allows private, for profit, enterprises to deliver  healthcare services. They provide both Long term care services and curative, mostly secondary healthcare services. They focus on low-complexity healthcare services, such as orthopedic surgery or cardiology. Sometimes they are called ‘private clinics’ and are subject to the same regulations as not for profit providers.

They may offer shorter waiting times or better services, but overall medical quality is not better or worse that of non-profit providers.