The Deventer Hospital, Hospital Group Twente (ZGT), Medisch Spectrum Twente (MST) and Saxenburgh are still in talks with Menzis. “We have reached an agreement with all health insurers, we are only in talks with Menzis, also before 2023. We hope to conclude these shortly,” says a spokesperson for ZGT (in Almelo and Hengelo).
MST Hospital in Enschede keeps an online overview of whether there is a contract with a health insurer. This afternoon, the hospital in Enschede was in talks with Menzis for hours, but there is no white smoke yet. “We are still in talks, but we expect to get it out during the week,” said an MST spokesperson.
Earlier this month it turned out that the negotiations between the hospitals in Overijssel and the health insurers are going very difficult. The hospitals called this incomprehensible, now that healthcare is under so much pressure due to corona.
Our intention is to make good agreements with all hospitals
Sensitive to Menzis
The situation is sensitive for Menzis, because more than half of all residents of Twente are insured with Menzis. A spokesperson would not say how advanced the negotiations with the hospitals in Twente are. “But our intention is to make good agreements with all hospitals. That has been achieved every year so far and we are confident that this will also be successful before 2022.”
Menzis points out that a care contract can still be concluded at the beginning of 2022. “And good to know: emergency care and ongoing treatments are always reimbursed,” said the spokesperson.
If hospitals and insurers are unable to resolve the matter, this may have consequences for you as an insured. This means that, for example, you have to pay part of the bill yourself or that you can no longer go to your own hospital for a certain treatment. The experience of recent years, however, is that a contract will eventually be signed.
Earlier this month, Deventer Hospital sounded the alarm about the difficult discussions with health insurers. “Something has certainly happened in the past week: we have concluded several contracts,” a spokesperson said today.
However, the hospital does not yet have a (full) contract with Menzis, AnderZorg (part of Menzis), CZ, ONVZ and Delta Lloyd Ohra. “We keep the overview on the site, so you can always find the most up-to-date information here,” according to the hospital.
Isala and Saxenburgh
Talks are also being held at Isala in Zwolle. For example, the hospital is still in talks with insurer ZEKUR and is discussing certain policies of CZ and IZZ. The Zwolle hospital wants to announce the complete list tomorrow.
Saxenburgh Medical Center in Hardenberg has now concluded a contract with main insurer Zilveren Kruis. “I am happy with that, because it offers security to the inhabitants of the region and our own employees,” says chairman of the board Wouter van der Kam.
Negotiations with the other insurers are still ongoing, Saxenburgh reports.
Change? Five short tips from the Consumers’ Association:
1) Always check whether switching makes sense, but don’t wait until the last minute;
2) Check whether your current health insurer is adjusting your policy. Your supplementary insurance for physiotherapy may suddenly go from nine to six insured treatments;
3) Determine which care you need. Baby on the way? Then insure yourself for maternity care. Will your adolescent need braces in 2022? Then insure yourself for orthodontics;
4) Check your supplementary insurance policies. Healthy teeth and also dental insurance? In that case it is sometimes cheaper to cancel the insurance and pay the dentist yourself twice a year;
5) Does your current health insurer not yet have a contract with your hospital? Then wait a while before switching. You can cancel your current health insurance until December 31 and you can still change insurer until February 1.