The philosophy underpinning the Dutch healthcare system is based on several more or less universal principles: access to care for all, solidarity through medical insurance (which is compulsory for all and available to all) and high-quality healthcare services. Inevitably, the Dutch system has also been shaped by a number of historical trends and developments and social conditions.
The National Health Care Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland) carries out tasks relating to two Dutch statutory health insurance schemes: the Health Insurance Act (Zorgverzekeringswet) and the Long-Term Care Act (Wet langdurige Zorg, Wlz). The National Health Care Institute’s role in maintaining the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the Netherlands involves 4 tasks.