Spurred by concerns about rising drug expenditures, the Netherlands' government has introduced a list of "lifestyle" medicines
that it intends to stop covering with its basic health insurance. It believes it should not have to pay for medi-cines for
conditions brought on by unhealthy lifestyles, such as smoking and poor diet.
But plans to include cholesterol-reducing products on the list have worried the College voor Zorgverzekeringen (the Healthcare
Insurance Board) which advises the government. The board has issued a report on statins, saying that their use should remain
a part of basic health insurance because of their long-term preventive benefits.