Health

Sep 14 '16 15:30

On Tuesday the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, adopted a legislative proposal that gives insurers the ability to look at the medical records of patients if they suspect fraud is being committed. This can be done without the patient's consent, provided that the patient is informed no later than three months after the fact, Motherboard reports.

Sep 14 '16 13:55

The life expectancy for the average Dutch is increasing, according to actuarial society AG. The life expectancy of a girl born in 2016 is no 93 years, and that of a boy is 90.1 years. In 2014 it was 92.5 years for a girl born that year and the same 90.1 years for a boy

Sep 14 '16 11:50

More and more Dutch are confused about what exactly falls under the healthcare deductibles they have to pay, according to a study done by TNS NIPO on behalf of health insurer VGZ

Sep 14 '16 09:51

On Tuesday the Dutch lower house of parliament voted in a new law on organ donation with an extremely close 75 votes for and 74 votes against. PvdD parliamentarian Frank Wassengberg planned to vote against, but arrived too late for the vote. If he'd been on time, there would have been an equal number of for and against votes and the bill would not have passed.

Sep 13 '16 13:30

Air quality in the Netherlands will be very bad in the coming days, public health institute RIVM warns. The institute therefore decided to issue a smog warning effective until Friday

ADO Den Haag teddy toss at De Kuip in Rotterdam, 11 Sept 2016
Sep 13 '16 12:30

In a massive act of kindness during the Eredivisie match between Feyenoord and ADO Den Haag in Rotterdam on Sunday, ADO fans showered hundreds of teddy bears on sick children seated in the tier below them.  Some ADO Den Haag supporters found out that Feyenoord invited patients from the Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam to come watch the match in De Kuip Stadium, and that they'd be sharing the away end with these patients. On Twitter the group of supporters called on the other ADO supporters to make this day an extra special day for the kids. "A call to all away supporters.

Sep 13 '16 12:00

Pregnant women and young mothers still deal with discrimination in the work place, but only one in seven of them actually report it t their employer or union. This is because they don't expect any result from filing a complaint, according to a study by TNS NIPO among a thousand pregnant women between March 2012 and March 2016

Sep 8 '16 12:45

Reports that the nuclear reactor in Petten's safety is not up to standard has Dutch parliamentarians concerned. The PvdA, D66, GroenLinks and SP all want responsible Ministers Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs and Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and environment to order an investigation

Suicide
Sep 7 '16 11:45

An experiment on preventing suicides was launched in seven regions in the Netherlands on Wednesday. The regions involved all joined the Suicide Prevention Action Network, an initiative of suicide prevention institute 113Online

Sep 7 '16 11:10

A group of medical professionals filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Public Health over uncertainty surrounding prescription of the so-called abortion pill

Sep 7 '16 09:36

The premium for basic health insurance will increase with about 3,50 euros next year, bringing the premium to 103 euros per month, AD reports based on Budget Day documents the newspaper managed to get a look at.

Sep 6 '16 13:40

For the first time in years, healthcare deductibles will not be increasing. Next year, patients will still pay the first 385 euros of their hospital bills and medication, sources in The Hague told broadcaster NOS.

Sep 5 '16 08:55

Two people were found dead in a home on Mr Bardeslaan in Amstelveen around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night. The police are investigating cause of death, according to a spokesperson on Twitter.

Sep 2 '16 15:00

State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice asked his ministry's Inspectorate to launch an investigation at psychiatric institution Woenselse Poort in Eindhoven following a series of suicides and other incidents. "We want quick clarification on what the facts are", Dijkhoff said

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Sep 2 '16 14:30

Public health service GGD believes a viral infection is the reason some 50 students fell sick during an orientation camp for the Hogeschool van Arnhem and Nijmegen on Friday, a spokesperson said in a special press conference. At this stage it is assumed they contracted the Norovirus

Sep 2 '16 11:50

The Public Prosecutor launched an investigation into medical experiments performed by GGZ Noord-Holland-Noord at a psychiatric clinic in Heiloo. The Healthcare Inspectorate believes that these experiments were not done according to the rules

Sep 2 '16 11:16

Between 40 and 50 first year students fell sick for unknown reasons during an activity at sport grounds De Winkelsteeg in Nijmegen on Friday morning, a spokesperson for the fire department confirmed to Omroep Gelderland.

Sep 2 '16 09:24

The number of people in the Netherlands dying of cancer is steadily decreasing. Over the past three decades, the number of cancer deaths in men decreased by a third, according to Statistics Netherlands. A steady decline in cancer deaths in women started in the 50's, though the decline is less significant due to an increase in women suffering from lung cancer.

Sep 2 '16 08:22

DuPont employees that worked in the Lycra plant in Kerkrade were also exposed to toxic solvent DMAc, like their colleagues in Dordrecht. DuPont and previous owner Ornatex new of the chemical's health risks, yet staff still shaved and rinsed Lycra yarns unprotected, the Volkskrant report after speaking to 25 employees and former employees.

Sep 1 '16 12:15

The risks of taking so-called "ecstasy light", officially 4FA, are much bigger than assumed. Using the drug can lead to heart problems and strokes, according to the preliminary results of a still ongoing investigation by Trimbos Institute and Jellinek. The final results of the investigation is expected in October, but Trimbos found the risks of the drug so great that it was decided not to wait for the final results before alerting the public

Aug 30 '16 15:00

About 50 percent of all claims on personal budget social care policies still have problems, according to a sample survey at social insurance bank SVB, which is responsible for paying these claims. Most of these problems do not involve misappropriation funds, but administrative errors such as a missing signature, a spokesperson for the SVB said to the Telegraaf.

Aug 30 '16 13:55

From now on Albert Heijn will only have cartoon characters and childhood heroes on responsible products of its own brand, in an attempt to make unhealthy snacks less attractive to children

Aug 29 '16 13:00

Head lice are a bigger problem in high schools in the Netherlands than thought, according to a study by national health institute RIVM. The researchers attributes this to high school students' behavior, such as taking selfies and cuddling

Aug 26 '16 14:00

A commonly used chemotherapy drug can temporarily make patients' fingerprints unreadable, according to a study by Eramsus MC and the police in The Hague

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