WILLEMSTAD – The Social Insurance Bank (SVB) has been reprimanded by the court of justice. At the beginning of this year, the public health insurance company stopped paying out the claims of an obstetrician. SVB did this because the care provider had reached retirement age. However, the health insurer's decision is against the law.
Firstly, the SVB has no legal authority to terminate the working relationship with care providers aged 65 and older. Secondly, there is prohibited age discrimination. The midwife is dependent on SVB-insured persons for the majority of her income. Due to the decision of the SVB, she would no longer be able to operate her practice profitably.