Published on 13th October 2018 by

The Dutch healthcare system is under pressure. Jos de Blok wants to change that once and for all.
The costs for healthcare continues to rise. Jos de Blok, founder of Buurtzorg, wants to change that for once and for all. ‘Carefree’ is the name of his latest project: a collective, affordable health insurance without managers. A personal portrait of the man with a mission.
Jos de Blok has a special gift. He sees through systems, sees where things go wrong and how to solve them. De Blok discovered his talent when he worked in health care himself and experienced that the sector was stagnated both organisationally and financially. Out of frustration and with the conviction that he knew how to improve, he founded Buurtzorg, a home care organization without managers.
It became an ecclesiastic success with imitation in more than forty countries; from Canada to South Korea. And De Blok became the unexpected winner of international entrepreneurial prizes. Now he is asked to screen the organizational systems of, for example, educational institutions, the police and the judiciary. And he started to set up health insurance, called Carefree, according to the Buurtzorg principles.

An intimate portrait of the great change agent of financial institutions that have been stuck and are only profitable. What would the new, carefree Netherlands of Jos de Blok look like?

Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2017.
© VPRO Backlight October 2017

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Director: Kees Brouwer
English, French and Spanish subtitles: Ericsson.
French and Spanish subtitles are co-funded by European Union.


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