Midwifery practices: more costs, more revenues

In 2000 the total costs and revenues of midwifery practices in the Netherlands were substantially higher than in 1999.

Costs and income up sharply

The total costs amounted to just over 19 million euro in 2000, an increase of just over 17 percent on 1999.

Revenues were nearly 86 million euro, 18 percent more than in the previous year. The fees for midwives’ services rose by 14 percent.

Three-quarters of income from national health insurance fund

The national health insurance fund paid 66 million euro for assistance and treatment by midwives in 2000, accounting for three-quarters of the total revenues of midwifery practices. Privately insured patients paid a total of nearly 19 million euro.

Rob van Gastel