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Title: Drawing on international experience to reform the Belgian market for ostomy appliances
Authors: Simoens, Steven ×
Van den Steen, Dirk
Vanleene, Veerle
De Maré, Luc
Moldenaers, Ingrid
Debruyne, Hans
Ramaekers, Dirk #
Issue Date: Feb-2007
Publisher: Elsevier
Series Title: Health policy vol:80 issue:2 pages:273-80
Abstract: This article aims to review the regulatory framework governing the Belgian ostomy appliance market in the light of the experience of Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Ontario (Canada) with regulation of ostomy appliances. Information about the regulatory framework was derived from the international literature, analysis of legal texts and a survey completed by national experts. The comparative analysis revealed that these countries have adopted varying approaches towards regulating their domestic ostomy appliance market. Strategies to keep down prices include public procurement in Denmark, maximum prices in France and exclusion of expensive appliances from reimbursement in the Netherlands. To contain public expenditure on ostomy appliances, consumption patterns are monitored in the Netherlands, the quantity of reimbursed appliances is limited in Belgium and public reimbursement is restricted in Ontario. Ostomy appliances are generally distributed by community pharmacies and medical equipment shops. In countries that emphasise home care delivery such as Denmark, domiciliary distributors dominate the market to the detriment of community pharmacies which do not seem to be able to offer this service at a competitive price. An avenue for reforming the Belgian ostomy appliance market is proposed which valorizes the role of ostomy care nurses in guiding the choice of ostomy appliances. Furthermore, it is recommended that a competitive tendering process determines the price of ostomy appliances, that reimbursement for service provision by distributors is separated from reimbursement of appliances, and that patients receive a fixed grant from the third-party payer to buy ostomy appliances.
ISSN: 0168-8510
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Pharmaceutical Care and Pharmaco-economics (-)
Faculty of Medicine - miscellaneous
Department of Public Health miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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