Contact Information Sheet

Contact Information Sheet
  • id
  • date
  • Geographical Area
  • Jurisdiction
  • Organisation
    The BIG Register
  • Address

    Postal Address


    PO Box 3052

    6460 HB Kerkrade


    Location Address


    Wijnhaven 16

    2511 GA The Hague


  • Phone
    +31 70 340 6600
  • Fax
    +31 70 340 5966
  • Email
  • Website
  • Contact Point
    Mr. R.A.J. Jussen (L.L.M.)
  • Regulatory Body

    The BIG-register is a division of the CIBG. CIBG is an executive agency of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. The BIG-register is an up-do-date register containing the details of pharmacists, physicians, physiotherapists, health care psychologists, psychotherapists, dentists, midwives and nurses, and also records any restrictions on their entitlement to practice. This can involve sanctions imposed by a disciplinary board or criminal proceedings.

    The BIG-register also issues a Declaration of Professional Competence to care providers wishing to practice in the Netherlands on the basis of a diploma awarded in another country. Only practitioners included in the BIG-register may use the corresponding professional titles and claim the relevant authority. Periodic renewal of registration for psychotherapists, midwives and nurses is introduced in 2009 to ensure that the knowledge and skills of those included in the BIG-register still meet the minimum standards of quality required.

    The BIG-register has a social function. In addition to updating and managing the entries in the register, it also provides information about registration to health care professionals, organisations and citizens. Only information that directly concerns the practice of the health care profession is of a public nature. Personal details are not given out. The BIG-register is covered by the Personal Data Protection Act. The personal details of registered health care professionals are well protected. (accessed on 08.08.2011).

  • Health System

    Healthcare in the Netherlands is financed by a dual system that came into effect in January 2006. Long-term treatments, especially those that involve semi-permanent hospitalization, and also disability costs such as wheelchairs, are covered by a state-controlled mandatory insurance. This is laid down in the Algemene Wet Bijzondere Ziektekosten ("General Law on Exceptional Healthcare Costs") which first came into effect in 1968. In 2009 this insurance covered 27% of all health care expenses. The Netherlands was ranked first in a study comparing the health care systems of the US, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Germany and New Zealand.

    For all regular (short-term) medical treatment, there is a system of obligatory health insurance, with private health insurance companies. These insurance companies are obliged to provide a package with a defined set of insured treatments. This insurance covers 41% of all health care expenses. Other sources of health care payment are taxes (14%), out of pocket payments (9%), additional optional health insurance packages (4%) and a range of other sources (4%). Affordability is guaranteed through a system of income-related allowances and individual and employer-paid income-related premiums.

    A key feature of the Dutch system is that premiums may not be related to health status or age. Risk variances between private health insurance companies due to the different risks presented by individual policy holders are compensated through risk equalization and a common risk pool. Funding for all short-term health care is 50% from employers, 45% from the insured person and 5% by the government. Children under 18 are covered for free. Those on low incomes receive compensation to help them pay their insurance. Premiums paid by the insured are about 100 € per month (about US$127 in Aug. 2010) with variation of about 5% between the various competing insurers.

    From 1941 to 2006, there were separate public and private systems of short-term health insurance. The public insurance system was implemented by non-profit health funds, and financed by premiums taken directly out of the wages (together with income taxes). Everyone earning less than a certain threshold qualified for the public insurance system. However, anyone with income over that threshold was obliged to have private insurance instead.

    (updated 2004) (accessed on 08.08.2011)

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