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Tasks of the National Health Care Institute

The National Health Care Institute is an advisory and implementing organisation responsible for the following tasks:

  • Advising on and clarifying the contents of the standard health care benefit package
  • Assessment of outpatient medicines for the benefit of the Medicine Reimbursement System (GVS)
  • Health Care Quality
  • Implementing funding for the Zvw and the Wlz
  • Program ‘Potentially Promising Care’
  • Zinnige Zorg (appropriate care)

More practically it means in essence that the National Health Care Institute performs the following activities:

  • Advise the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport regarding the content of the health insurance package or formulate opinions in that regard
  • Promote the quality, affordability, and accessibility of care by identifying opportunities for innovations and improvements in the care sector and providing relevant information accordingly.
  • Develop information standards to allow for efficient and effective information exchange in the care sector, so that policymakers, health insurers, and healthcare providers can make better decisions.
  • Encourage the utilisation of digital care and explore the potential opportunities for applying new technologies, AI, data science, and international developments.
  • Manage the funds for the Health Insurance Act and the Long-term Care Act, and provide information about the costs of care.
  • Take care of risk adjustment in the care sector. We do so to ensure that it makes no difference for health insurers whether they cover the costs of care for old or young persons, or for healthy or unhealthy persons.

For more detailed information on our ambition, vision and mission see

Agency Information


Country: The Netherlands
Description of population served: National
Population served (mil): 17
Current HTA budget: €5,5 million (2015)
Permanent staff (only HTA): 50
Consultants: –
Ongoing TA projects: Approximately 100

Contact information

Chair: Sjaak Wijma
Contact person: Wim Goettsch

Zorginstituut Nederland
National Health Care Institute
Postbus 320
NL-1110 AH Diemen The Netherlands

Tel: +31 20 797 8522
Fax: +31 20 797 8500