Source: Wynand P.M.M. van de Ven, and Frederik Schut, Health Affairs, May/June 2008 Vol. 27 no. 3
From Commonwealth Fund summary:
In 2006, the Netherlands launched a sweeping national health care initiative to provide universal health care coverage for its population. According to the authors of “Universal Mandatory Health Insurance in the Netherlands: A Model for the United States?” (Health Affairs, May/June 2008), it is a model that may be of particular interest to policymakers in the United States. Not a single-payer system–a policy approach often considered a nonstarter in U.S. policy circles–the Dutch approach combines mandatory universal health insurance with competition among private health insurers.