The cost of medicines (particularly expensive ones) is rising rapidly and forms a sizeable item in the total healthcare expenses. The NFU has made it one of its points for attention.

The umcs play an important societal role by contributing actively to the discussion on expensive medicines. The NFU and umcs want to counteract the rising cost by bundling knowledge and quality and improving the effectiveness of new medicines. The NFU also considers it important to ensure that medicines are and remain easily accessible for every Dutch person. We realise this partly by participating in various projects and initiatives. We are also carrying out a joint action plan with the Dutch Hospitals Association (Nederlandse Vereniging van Ziekenhuizen, NVZ), Federation of Medical Specialists and Zorgverzekeraars Nederland (Dutch healthcare insurers umbrella organization, ZN).