On February 1, 2013, the basic healthcare insurance (BVZ) was introduced for all residents of Curaçao. The basic healthcare insurance, as regulated in the Basic healthcare Act, provides a uniform insurance for all residents. The Social Insurance Bank (SVB) implements the basic healthcare insurance. The healthcare insurances in Curacao implemented by or on behalf of the government prior to the introduction of the BVZ covered various groups with different arrangements. As of February 1, 2013 the BVZ replaces all health insurance schemes carried out by or on behalf of the government. The BVZ is important for a uniform access to and maintaining and where possible improving the quality of health care.