How can we make sure that health care is affordable, of high quality and sufficiently accessible? We can answer your questions concerning competition in health care, financial stimuli, measuring the effects of policy, and the costs and benefits of health care services.

Health Care Competition

In order to evaluate the effect of hospital mergers, we analyse patient flows. Among other things, the purpose is to evaluate whether there are (sufficient) alternative hospitals available for the patient within acceptable travel distance. We often perform such evaluations on behalf of the lawyers involved with the merger. We also perform broader market analyses. For example, for the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport, VWS) we researched whether competition law obstructs the collaboration between primary health care providers.

Financial Stimuli and Funding Systematics

What are the financial stimuli for health care providers and insurers under the current form of funding? What is the effect of financial stimuli? What is the best way to arrange performance-related pay? We can answer these questions for health care institutions and the government. Among other things, we have conducted comparative research on the incomes of medical specialists.

We also work on funding systematics such as the risk settlement system for health insurers.

Evaluation and Impact Studies

We regularly conduct impact studies, particularly with a quantitative approach. These include the impact of policy changes, such as releasing rates, implementing a different funding systematic, or changes in policy excess.
For example, we have researched the impact of the implementation of the Social Support Act (Wet maatschappelijke ondersteuning, Wmo) on the non-use of Wmo health care in a number of municipalities.

We make use of surveys or advanced econometric methods based on personal data from the CBS.

Cost-benefit Analyses

Do you wish to know the added value of the care you provide? Or do you want to know the implications of the legislation proposed by the government for your industry? Performing cost-benefit analyses for the health care industry is our expertise, having performed many cost-benefit analyses for health care organisations. Examples include the costs and benefits of rehabilitation care, logopaedics, dietetics, and occupational therapy. Furthermore, we have calculated the costs and benefits of a new guideline in hospital care.

We have also written a guideline for performing cost-benefit analyses in the social domain, including health care. This guide was commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and is mandatory for all cost-benefit analyses performed for the government.

Would you like to know what we could do for your organisation?

Please feel free to contact Lucy Kok, Marloes Lammers or Caren Tempelman.

Lucy Kok
Head of Healthcare & Social Security / +31 (0)20 525 1630

Lucy Kok has been working at SEO since 1 November 2000 as head of the group Health Care & Social Security. She has a broad overview of quantitative and qualitative research methods and sound knowledge of health care, social security, pension regulations, and the childcare industry. read further >

Marloes Lammers
Senior Researcher / +31 (0)20 525 1632

Marloes Lammers has a doctorate in labour economics and has 10 years of experience with research in the field of labour, social security, and health care. read further >

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