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Personal healthcare budgets, can England learn from the Netherlands?

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The Department of Health in England is exploring the possibility of personal health budgets to give patients with long term conditions more control over their care. However, a similar system that has been ongoing in the Netherlands for more than a decade is being drastically curbed owing to its lack of sustainability. England must learn from the Netherlands and other countries if it is to avoid the same mistakes with its personal healthcare budget plans, say experts writing in the British Medical Journal online.

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