The Dutch system has government mandated minimum standards for basic health insurance coverage, a set price, a requirement to buy and a requirement to sell at that set price — “for basic coverage” — exactly as I wrote.
Yep. Knew that.
MY point was that in the Netherlands, the provider sets their own prices. The project I worked on enabled patients who had a “prescription” for a medical procedure from their doctor to go on the internet, put in the codes for that procedure, and then have hospitals bid on it. The patient could then make an educated choice regarding which provider to use, and obviously there was some financial benefit to them if they did that.
So, you were talking about insurance, I was talking about procedures.
What I am 100% right about, and the only point I was making, is that the Dutch system of requiring people to buy a product (basic health insurance) and requiring companies to sell a product (basic health insurance) at a set price is a long ways from a free market commodity.
Agreed. We were talking about two different things, insurance vs the cost of a procedure.