Own initiatives

Coincide has two annual events which have been developed on our own initiative

Health innovation trip

The annual healthcare innovation trip is only for CEO’s and members of executive boards from the curative part of the healthcare sector. The initiative was born following the introduction of the new Dutch Health Insurance Act in 2006 which introduced controlled market competition within the Dutch health sector. Since the introduction, all stakeholders have been discussing the challenges and possible improvements of the unique Dutch health system. Topics include transparency, quality, governance, cost reductions and roles of different professionals and providers.

Through setting a joint ambition and through interacting with other participants, delegation members obtain new insights and solutions during the health innovation trip. Meetings with counterparts and internal group discussions create a solid platform in which all stake-holders are encouraged to think out of the box and outside their regular frameworks. Each year a destination is chosen based on the current issues and topics. Where are similar developments and problems? What solutions and developments did other destinations develop? What did work and what didn’t? All invited delegation members have an influence on the destination decision and assist in developing the program. The health innovation trip is therefore ‘owned’ by the sector itself.

Long-term care study trip

All western countries are facing increasing need for long term care. The Netherlands has been transforming the long-term care support for a few years starting with the introduction of the Social Support Act in 2007. This was the first step in decentralising responsibilities to the local municipalities for supporting citizens to participate in society and to coordinate practical household help. In order to continue providing good, accessible and affordable care, the government will be carrying out further reforms in the years ahead. The Exceptional Medical Expense Act will be abolished in 2015. Some services will be transferred to the new Act for Severe Intensive Care. Others will be transferred to the Health Insurance Act and the Social Support Act. Municipalities will be increasingly responsible for the less intense care needs, such as help getting out of bed, showering, shaving, getting dressed and eating and drinking. We will be making a major paradigm shift, changing the responsibilities of providers, municipalities and the public, requiring more self-care, own responsibility and family support.

All major stakeholders are involved in the discussions through events such as conferences, working groups and bilateral meetings. The annual Long-term care study trip is an essential platform among these discussions. Through bringing together for a few days a group of high-level executives from elderly care, handicapped care, mental healthcare, municipalities, insurances, patient associations and national government, we create a platform to review challenges and solutions we will be facing.