24 March 2020 – Established a national consortium to purchase medical equipment

Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; New initiatives; Finance policy and financial aid; Financial aid to health services
Level of Jurisdiction: National

Overview: The Dutch Government has set up a joint initiative called the ‘National Consortium for (Medical) Aids’ with hospitals, academic centers, suppliers and producers.

The aim of the consortium is to be able to jointly purchase and distribute medical equipment for the care of COVID-19 patients. This includes masks, protective jackets, goggles, gloves, diagnostic test kits etc.

The consortium is intended to prevent these products from being sold at extortionate prices or not meeting health and safety requirements. 690,000 masks have already been delivered with more expected til the end of May, covering millions of units in total.
Full details here: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/nieuws/2020/03/24/opstart-initiatief-landelijk-consortium-hulpmiddelen