This contribution describes the entitlements in Dutch health care and explores how these entitlements are determined and to whom they apply. The focus is on services of curative care. No comprehensive positive or negative list of individual services is included in formal laws. Instead, the legislation states only what general types of medical services are covered and generally the "usual care" criterion determines to which interventions patients are entitled. This criterion is not very restrictive and yields local variations in service provision, which are moderated by practice guidelines. It is conceivable, however, that the recent introduction of the DBC financing system will change the reimbursement and therefore benefit-setting policy.

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Stolk, E., & Rutten, F. (2005). The "health benefit basket" in the Netherlands. The European Journal of Health Economics, 6(SUPPL. 1). doi:10.1007/s10198-005-0319-9