Host Country Partner Organisations
The Dutch Health Care Inspectorate protects and improves public health in the Netherlands. We monitor and enhance the safety and quality of the healthcare system. We perform our tasks as an independent body, adopting the perspective of the citizen. We work on the basis of trust in care providers’ intrinsic motivation to offer the best possible care. Society can place its trust in our judgements: we arrive at our judgements in an impartial manner and in the public interest. We are results-oriented and transparent about the findings of our monitoring and supervision activities, where possible.
The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (Nederlandse Federatie van Universitair Medische Centra) (NFU) represents the eight cooperating UMCs in the Netherlands, as an advocate for and employer of 65,000 people. The NFU was founded in 2004 as a spin-off from the University Hospitals Association (Vereniging Academische Ziekenhuizen) (VAZ), which was established in 1989. The objective has remained the same: to ensure that agencies that decide healthcare issues in the Netherlands take into account the special role of the academic hospitals (in the past) and the UMCs (presently).
NVZ Dutch Hospital Association
The NVZ Dutch Hospital Association is the trade association for general hospitals and specialist institutions in the Netherlands. We represent the interests of our members where healthcare, the economy, and society are concerned. Our objective is to create the conditions and protections our members need to provide high-quality and effective specialist medical care to their patients.
Since its establishment in 1991 the NVZ has grown to be an influential lobbyist in the healthcare sector. The NVZ currently counts 108 healthcare institutions as members.
STZ is the association of 26 Dutch large teaching hospitals who work together to improve their care for patients. STZ hospitals take the lead in patient-oriented scientific research, top-level care and education. A special focus is on innovation, clinical leadership, and healthcare transformation.
V&VN, the Dutch Nurses Association, is the largest professional association in the Netherlands. V&VN represents the interests of the nation’s 180.000 registered nurses, and has 85.000 members. We celebrated our 10th anniversary in 2016.
ZonMw (The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development) funds health research in the Netherlands and promotes the actual use of the knowledge this research produces. Our aim is to promote quality and innovation of health research in order to make health care better and to keep it affordable.
Zorginstituut Nederland (National Health Care Institute) is an advisory and implementing organisation for two statutory health insurance schemes: the Health Insurance Act, and the Long-Term Care Act. All activities undertaken by Zorginstituut Nederland focus on making sure that everyone in the Netherlands receives good care; no more and no less than necessary.
Zorginstituut Nederland’s role in maintaining the quality, accessibility, and affordability of health care in the Netherlands involves four tasks:
- encouraging improvements in the quality of health care;
- advising on and clarifying the contents of the basic health care package;
- evaluating the basic health care package;
- implementing funding for the two acts