The municipal elections are just around the corner. The Mobility Procurement Institute (AIM) is campaigning this year to draw attention to the importance of healthcare transport. Because budgets are often under pressure, and expenditure on healthcare transport will only increase if policy is not changed, the quality of the service may deteriorate. To prevent this, AIM calls on municipalities to enter into discussions with them about an appropriate future mobility policy.
“Healthcare transport is essential for vulnerable target groups”, says Henk van Gelderen of AIM. “If the policy of municipalities remains the same, however, the costs will increase to such an extent due to an aging population, the tendency to continue to live independently for longer and the pursuit of an inclusive society.” According to Van Gelderen, this could lead to a further decline in the quality and size of healthcare transport.
This could be prevented if the importance of this transport becomes more acute for the authorities, AIM believes. For this reason, this campaign has been set up under the title ‘Carefree with Care Transport’. “As far as we know, this is the first time that the industry has launched a campaign on this theme towards local politicians, who are clients of healthcare transport,” says Van Gelderen. According to him, it is really an awareness campaign. “The municipal councilors must know how important transport is for specific target groups.”
No wrong cuts It is, according to Van It is therefore crucial that no wrong cutbacks are made. “We advocate this.” At the same time, AIM offers municipalities to contribute ideas on how to make healthcare transport as future-proof as possible. “Transport is so important, but less and less money is being made available for it. This has negative consequences. If service provision is compromised, people can become lonely because they can no longer participate in society. This is at odds with the desire to make society more inclusive,” says Van Gelderen. “Our practical knowledge should help them shape their mobility policy and the way in which this can be translated into tenders.”
Watch the campaign video of AIM here.
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