The care agency Take Care V&R Thuiszorg has to repay approximately 1.3 million to health insurer Menzis. The court has determined that. According to Menzis, the multicultural care provider has tampered with the claims for the care provided. In addition, the care bureau is still facing a towering claim from the municipality of Almelo.
Take Care is a multicultural care provider, which mainly focuses on home care for immigrant clients, especially with Armenian nationality.
Spokesperson Jaap Eikelboom of Menzis is pleased with the verdict: “Although that is ambiguous. Obviously pleased that the court has ruled in our favour. On the other hand, such a lawsuit should not actually be necessary at all. Health premiums are, of course, primarily intended, what they were created for: and that is that that money is used for healthcare.”
During the trial at the end of November, Take Care strongly denied the allegations that the number of hours claimed had been tampered with. Take Care can still appeal the ruling.
In addition to Menzis, the municipality of Almelo is also involved in civil proceedings with the multicultural care provider. Almelo demands more than 2 million euros back because there would have been fraud with healthcare funds.
During the lawsuit that Menzis filed against Take Care at the end of November, representatives of the municipality of Almelo followed developments closely from the public gallery. The city hall of Almelo has therefore undoubtedly been eagerly awaiting the verdict in the lawsuit between Menzis and Take Care.
The proceedings on the merits, in which Almelo reclaims money from Take Care, is already underway, but according to a municipal spokeswoman it is expected to take some time before a decision is made. “As long as this case is in court, we will not make any announcements about it.”
Because of that claim of millions, the municipality had at an earlier stage seized both the business and private bank accounts of the director, who ran into financial problems as a result. In an attempt to undo this seizure, the care director took the municipality of Almelo to court, but he failed twice.
Set the limit
In the meantime, health care supervisors are increasingly trying to limit the practices of so-called care cowboys: care organizations – mostly small companies with often only a few employees – that do not seem to take it too closely with norms and values and are mainly out to touch of profit.
Recently, the court ruled that the Public Prosecution Service must initiate a criminal investigation into the Almelo ‘casino care agency’ Victorie.