Interim ambulance care act
Ambulance care is regulated through the Interim Ambulance Care Act. This Act came into force on 1 January 2013. It was temporary and was to run for a period of five years, until 1 January 2018. In 2017, the Dutch parliament agreed to extend the Act by a maximum of three years. The Act will now run until 1 January 2021 at the latest.
The Interim Ambulance Care Act stipulates that a Regional Ambulance Service [Regionale Ambulancevoorziening] (RAV) that has been appointed by the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport is allowed as sole party to provide ambulance care in an RAV region. The RAV is responsible for maintaining the ambulance dispatch centre and for providing ambulance care or ensuring that it is provided.