Centralization of pediatric surgical care in the Netherlands: Lessons learned

Marc Hwa Wijnen, Jan Bf Hulscher

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Centralization of care is a difficult process, as there are several stakeholders that are involved and should be heard. What can be the best option for a small group of patients may be detrimental to a larger group of patients that cannot be adequately treated close to home. The weighing of these factors is different in every environment. One universal rule however is: if you don't do it yourselves, others will do it for you. In the Netherlands, pediatric oncology, including surgery, is centralized in one center (Utrecht) with the help of several shared care centers scattered throughout the country for things that can be managed close to home.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-181
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


  • Centralization
  • Surgical planning
  • The Netherlands


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