Table 2

Reconstruction of the final propositions
Legal instruments Condition Communicative instruments Condition Financial instruments Condition
Insurers may choose the policy forms they offer [45] F Media campaign from the government about the new health insurance system [37,42-44] F Financial incentives (e.g. co-payments) [37,39,40,43,49,56,63] I
Patients have the right to choose from the available policy forms [45] F Developing quality/performance indicators [30,31,41,43,44,57,58,70,71] I Subsidies from government [44,72-75] I
With a payment-in-kind policy, providers are obliged to deliver care as agreed within a reasonable time and at a reasonable distance [76] F Developing comparative information, e.g. for or the Healthcare Inspectorate (IGZ) [31,49,57,77-79] I
With a payment-in-kind policy or a preferred provider policy, patients have the right to receive compensation when they choose a non-contracted provider in the Netherlands and in Europe [50] F Comparative information, e.g., physical desks, telephone, papers, healthcare providers, insurers and user organizations (peer contact and information provision) [30,37,38,41-43,46,53,54,57,59,70,80,81] I
With a reimbursement policy or a personal budget, patients are allowed to choose their preferred provider freely without intervention from the insurer [42] F Advice and support for people who are unable to choose independently (e.g. by MEE) [56,74,82] I
Providers are obliged to publish comparative information [53] I
Providers are obliged to make the information understandable, effective and correct [54] I
The information providers provide may not be misleading and must comply with the legislation [55] I

W = willing/able to choose; F = freedom of choice; I = Informed.

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