Almost all health insurers in the Netherlands have so-called "clone policies" among their offer, consumers' association Consumentenbond warns. These are policies from the same provider that have different names, but only actually differ in price. That's not allowed in the Netherlands, but insurers get away with it by offering these policies through subsidiaries or intermediaries, according to the association, RTL Nieuws reports.
GroenLinks, SP and PvdA want to take some power away from pharmaceutical companies. Parliamentarians Corinne Ellemeet of GroenLinks, Nine Kooman of SP and Sharon Dijksma of the PvdA presented a list of over 20 proposals on how to do so, including banning pharmaceuticals from sponsoring patient associations, NOS reports.
The majority of children under the age of 13 in the Netherlands eat less fruit, vegetables and fish than the Nutrition Center recommends, according to a health survey by Statistics Netherlands in collaboration with the RIVM and the Nutrition Center. In the period between 2014 and 2016 less than four in ten children ate enough fruit, just over four in ten ate enough vegetables, and little more than half ate enough fish.
The health survey is annually conducted among around 1,100 children. Researchers question the kids' parents about the food they eat.
The number of employees suffering from burn-out symptoms in the Netherlands increased significantly between 2015 and 2017, according to the National Salary Study by university Nyenrode and career site Intermediair. This year 15 percent of Dutch women indicated that they had a burnout, compared to 9,4 percent in 2015. Burnouts hit 9 percent of male employees, compared to 6 percent two years ago.
Health insurance firm CZ has announced a monthly premium rate hike of three percent for the price of compulsory basic health insurance package. The rate hike will take effect from January.
The bump in CZ rates means Netherlands residents will pay 40 euros more for the year, compared to 2017 rates. The provider blames the rise on growing health care costs, saying that the entire increase was not passed on to the consumer, and that the company will have to tap 221 million euros from its own pocket to cover the shortfall.
Around 500 hundred young people are expected to help remove plastic waste from the famous Amsterdam canals on Friday. Small electric boats will navigate the waterways as crews scoop plastic out with fishing nets.
The boats will set sail from Nassaukade and wind their way through different canals until they reach the IJ. Another team will also collect plastic on the beach in nearby Zandvoort.
The project, called Trash Hunt, is an idea of JCI Nederland, a network of resourceful young people whose global parent organization boasts more than 170,000 members worldwide.
Security guards working or G4S Aviation and I-Sec at Schiphol Airport have been banned from using the bathroom without permission from a supervisor. The “toilet restriction” has angered the union representing those workers, and Schiphol said the airport was not involved in the decision.
Cities and doctors should make more of an effort to fight human trafficking and to recognize its victims, a new report published on Thursday stated. The report by the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking, Corinne Dettmeijer, noted several alarming statistics where she said the country needs to take immediate action.
Roughly 75 percent of adult-aged men in the Netherlands say they have never engaged in any form of sexual misconduct, a new survey conducted by newspaper AD reveals. Over 300 men were questioned in the survey, conducted as six weeks of high profile reporting has detailed sexual abuse and harassment allegations against prominent international and Dutch figures.
About one of every seven countered said they could not be sure if they did or did not cross a boundary, answering, “I can not be the judge of that.”
Queen Maxima paid a visit to the Hofstad Lyceum in The Hague on Wednesday morning to talk to pupils about the acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual classmates. She also spoke with LGBTI students and representatives of LGBTI interest organization COC, NOS reports.
The COC representatives explained the situation LGBTI students face in schools and in general. And students showed the Queen actions they plan to take against bullying.
Violence against psychiatry staff often ends up unpunished, and employees also rarely press charges after being attacked by a patient, according to a study by the Vrije Universiteit. "In practice, the patient has license to use violence against staff", researcher Joke Harte said to the Volkskrant.
Annually between 30 and 40 percent of employees in psychiatric institutions are victims of physical violence from patients, according to the study. According to Harte, this goes further than employees getting a few punches when they have to transfer patients to separate rooms.
Former KLM pilot Willem Felderhof is forbidden to talk about toxic fumes onboard planes, and the health problems related to it, according to a KLM contract he signed when he left the airline, which Zembla has in its possession. Should he violate this contract, the pilot will have to repay his 300 thousand euros severance pay to the Dutch airline.
Felderhof suffers from headaches, equilibrium issues and slow reaction rates. According to his neurologist, he suffers from so-called aerotoxic syndrome, which he sustained in the aircraft cabin.
American YouTube celebrity Andrew Rea, known for his online cooking channel Binging with Babish, launched a fundraising challenge in honor of Garmt van Soest from Utrecht, who recently passed away from the consequences of ALS. The goal of the Hot Pepper Challenge is to raise as much funds and awareness as possible for the fatal disease.
The Netherlands' Veteran Institute's annual veterans lecture will take place in Arnhem today. This year's theme is combat experience, with recognition and public appreciation being important topics. According to the institute, combat experience is clearly an important topic for veterans as the maximum number of 300 veterans registered to be part of the lecture, Omroep Gelderland reports.
The Netherlands may soon face a shortage in foster families. At the end of last year, the country had around 16,600 families available to foster children in need, compared to around 18 thousand in 2015, according to foster care organization Pleegzorg Nederland. The organization has no explanation for the decrease, NU.nl reports.
The life expectancy for people over the age of 65 in the Netherlands is slightly lower than previously predicted. According to Statistics Netherlands' current prediction, 65-year-olds can now expect to live another 20.5 years, instead of the previous prediction of 20.7 years. This will likely mean that the retirement age in the Netherlands will not increase further, RTL Nieuws reports.
MC Slotervaart in Amsterdam-Nieuw-West is at the very bottom of newspaper AD's Top 100 hospital ranking for 2017. The Amsterdam hospital dropped 36 places compared to last year's 64th place on the list.
According to AD, MC Slotervaart scored poorly when it came to pain control, malnutrition and delirium. Patients at the hospital were also often hospitalized for longer or had to be readmitted soon after they left.
Employees of residential care center Thebe in Breda published a black book listing over 300 problems in the organization's homes. According to the employees, the homes deal with chronic staff shortages, high workloads and situations in which the care of residents is seriously inadequate.
The body of a man was found on Papaverweg in Zwolle on Monday morning. The deceased man has been identified, and the police believe he wasn't killed in a crime, De Stentor reports.
The man's body was found around 5:30 a.m. According to the police, he died of a heart attack.
No further announcements will be made as the man was not murdered.
A stabbing at an Emergis psychiatric care institution in Middelburg resulted in the death of a male patient on Saturday night. A female patient was arrested. Director Paul de Schipper called the incident "terrible" and said that it happened "completely out of the blue", RTL Nieuws reports.
Lawyer Jan Willem Koeleman from Utrecht died while participating in a triathlon in Italy on Sunday morning. The 54-year-old man became unwell during the swimming leg of the race and drowned, the Telegraaf reports.
Koeleman took part in the half-triathlon of the Forte Village Challenge in southern Sardinia. This involved 1.9 kilometers of swimming, 90 kilometers of cycling and 21 kilometers of running, according to the newspaper.
The End Of Life clinic needs to hire at least 50 more doctors in order to keep up with the increasing number of applications for euthanasia, a spokesperson said to RTL Nieuws. The clinic already employs 59 doctors, so their doctors need to almost double. "We want to avoid waiting lists and people in need unnecessarily having to wait", the spokesperson said.
Last year 41 thousand ambulances arrived at an emergency situation later than the 15 minute standard, an increase of 1,500 late arrivals compared to 2015, according to figures released by Ambulance Care Netherlands. Staff shortages are the reason behind the slower response times, union FNV Care and Welfare says, RTL Nieuws reports.
"Because there are too few employees, ambulance services are routinely eliminated. So it takes longer before an available ambulance is at the scene", an FNV spokesperson said, according to the broadcaster.
People with eye disorders could face blindness due to health insurance budget cuts on expensive treatments, according to interest organizations like the Eye Fund. The interest groups are referring specifically to eye injections used to treat people with retinal abnormalities, ANP reports.