The healthcare sector is one of the most important sectors in the Netherlands. Its guiding principle is to provide universal access to affordable healthcare with a high standard of quality. The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus highlighted how important it is to have a properly functioning healthcare sector.

However, through a combination of factors (for example the ageing population), costs of care are rising continually and the sector is facing some very major challenges. To create a form of competition that would keep the costs at manageable levels, a system of regulated market forces was introduced. In addition new technological developments, such as remote care and semi-automated triage, should lead to lower costs.

The sector includes a number of players, including healthcare insurers, healthcare providers, dedicated healthcare investors and supervisory authorities: The Dutch Competition Authority (ACM), the Healthcare Authority (NZa) and the Health and Youth Care inspectorate (IGJ).

The Healthcare sector team at Rutgers & Posch provide healthcare providers, healthcare professionals and healthcare investors with a range of different services.

Our team advises and litigates on:

  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Collaborations
  • Governance-related issues
  • Investigations by and discussions with healthcare insurers
  • Investigations by and discussions with supervisory authorities (ACM, Nza and IGJ)
  • Privacy-related issues in healthcare