2016 The Netherlands

Course Title

Health Care Reform: Lessons from the Netherlands and Europe


Professor Bob Hansen and Healthcare Initiative Executive Director Suzie Rubin


Students with an interest in healthcare should not miss this unique opportunity to engage with leaders in one of Europe’s most successful systems of universal health care coverage. Alongside Tuck professor Bob Hansen (Founding Co-Faculty Director of Dartmouth’s Master of Healthcare Delivery Science program), faculty from the TIAS School for Business and Society will provide diverse perspectives on key topics, such as health care delivery and innovation; health policy reform; and end-of-life care.


March 13-18, 2016

Destination Cities

Tilburg and Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Student Impressions

"I never imagined that culture actually shaped the healthcare policies and outcomes in any country; I thought the tenets and desired outcomes of a healthcare system were universal, and that the variances across countries were due to the availability or lack of resources ... It appeared that the Dutch are more concerned with solving the problem than making people pay the price for [poor] choices ... " T’17 participant

"What was most fascinating to me was the completely different context in which healthcare is viewed and considered by the Dutch [as compared to Americans], how that difference has implications for the ways that our systems operate, and how realistically components of each country’s methods are transferrable to the other, particularly in delivery ... Dutch culture and views on competition seemed to consistently impact their approach to care delivery. This consistency highlighted how different the lens through which the Dutch approach healthcare is from our own." T’17 participant

"The Netherlands was a fascinating country to visit, especially viewing the experience through the lens of healthcare and how a country as a single, unified unit takes care of its population ... It became clear that in Holland people with different opinions about how to run the country all identify as Dutch.  Back in the U.S., it seems most people identify as Democrat or Republican and try to redefine what it means to be American based on those identifications. Being Dutch means a few things for certain; being American can mean a million different things depending on with whom you speak." T’17 participant

“If there was a way to combine the competitive pressures of the American system with the incentive alignment of the Dutch, I think the outlook for the U.S. healthcare system would be considerably better." T’17 participant