Care providers and care insurance providers must comply with the regulations from the Healthcare Market Regulation Act (Wet marktordening gezondheidszorg, Wmg). This Act states they must inform their clients about price and quality of the care they provide. It also contains rules about rates, maket competition and supervision.
The Dutch Health Care Authority (Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit, NZa) has established maximum rates (Dutch), which apply to the various independent professionals working in the care sector, including speech therapists, dental surgeons, orthodontists and psychiatrists. As regards GPs, both unrestricted rates and fixed rates apply, depending on the type of treatment. Physiotherapists, remedial therapists and psychotherapists set their rates in consultation with care insurance providers.