The Royal Dutch Medical Association (RDMA) is the professional organization for Dutch doctors. It was established in 1849. Since 1999 the RDMA has become a federation of medical practitioners’ professional associations.
The RDMA has been leading the way for Dutch doctors and health care in the Netherlands. Why? The answer is actually very simple: to ensure that doctors can provide the best possible care.
For 170 years, the RDMA has been supporting Dutch doctors and health care through efforts such as:
enhancing the quality of the profession by training and (re)registering doctors, providing peer support and creating codes of conduct;
assisting doctors with ethical and legal dilemmas, including euthanasia for reasons of dementia as well as addiction among doctors;
offering support by sharing practice-based dilemmas, issuing guidelines and offering a forum for improving health care;
taking the lead in important areas, for instance the promotion of public health;
promoting the immaterial interests of over 59,000 doctors and medical students, to allow them to provide adequate care.
The federation consists of the Association of Public Health Physicians (KAMG), the National Association of salaried Doctors (LAD), the National Association of General Practitioners (LHV), the Dutch Association for occupational Health (NVAB), the Association for elderly care physicians (Verenso), the Dutch Association of Insurance Medicine (NVVG), the Dutch Association of Medical Specialists (Federatie van medisch specialisten) and the Association of Medical Students (De Geneeskundestudent).
We work in close collaboration with other stakeholders, e.g. government, politics, health care insurance companies, patient organizations, and other organizations in healthcare. The goal is to promote the medical and associated sciences, and achieve high quality healthcare. Our policies cover the full range from public health issues, medical ethics, science, health law to medical education.
The RDMA is an active member of the Comité Permanent des Médecins Européens (CPME). The CPME is involved in influencing policy at European level and is of great importance, because the practice of European doctors is increasingly influenced by the European dimension.