‘Patients often get unnecessary other drug policy-health insurance companies ‘
By the strict medicijnbeleid of health insurers, patients often without medical reason, change of medicine.
That set apothekersorganisatie KNMP, huisartsenvereniging LHV and ouderenorganisatie KBO-(OPC). They want that politics intervenes in the so-called ‘preferentiebeleid’ of insurance companies, where only one inexpensive medicine is reimbursed.
This policy means that the insurance determines the brand drug will be reimbursed. It may be that a patient with a certain disease, a drug from manufacturer A try, but if manufacturer B, with a cheaper variant of the same medicine, then should switch.
Changing medications can, however, have negative consequences for patients, such as more side-effects, less compliance and less control over the disease.
“Health insurance companies serve not one, but four or five medications as the preferred means to identify the patient”, the organizations Tuesday.