In the Netherlands, 58.2 million euros have been reported to the Healthcare Transparency Register for 2016 which is a 13% increase in comparison with last year. For the fifth year in a row, transparency between pharmaceutical industry, healthcare professionals, healthcare organizations and patient organizations is increased.
One of the reasons for this increase is the expansion of the Register to distributors of medical devices (ca. 2 million euros). The additional increase is due to the incremental cooperation between healthcare organizations as well as the cooperation between healthcare professionals and pharmaceutical companies.
Collaborations between parties have to be disclosed along with the payments that are associated with it to the Healthcare Transparency Register. The purpose of the Register is to make relationships between healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations more transparent. Moreover, it is publicly available on the internet.