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Loneliness
Sep 4 '19 09:06

Foundation Join Us launched a hotline for young people struggling with loneliness. It is estimated that tens of thousands of young people between the ages of 12 and 30 are lonely in the Netherlands. "The hotline should make the urgency of the problem clear, also to politicians", Jolanda van Gerwe, initiator of Join Us and co-founder of the hotline, said to RTL Nieuws. 

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Sep 2 '19 12:50

On Monday Amsterdam is starting with the national PrEP program, a nationwide experiment in which the HIV prevention pill is prescribed to a limited number of people with a higher risk of contracting the disease. From today, up to 1,700 gay and transgender Amsterdam residents can sign up for the program through the GGD Amsterdam site.

Pia Dijkstra
Sep 2 '19 12:00

Early next year coalition party D66 will submit a legislative proposal to make assisted suicide possible at the end of a "full" and "completed" life, parliamentarian Pia Dijkstra said in an interview with newspaper AD. The bill is a sensitive topic for Christian parties and coalition partners CDA and ChristenUnie, according to the newspaper.

Child playing with chalk
Sep 2 '19 11:10

A large part of the 30 thousand youth care workers in the Netherlands are striking on Monday, for the first time in Dutch history. They demand that the government provide solutions for problems caused by budget cuts and decentralization in the past years. Staff shortages lead to heavy workloads and waiting lists for children who need help, NU.nl reports.

Amsterdam in the rain
Aug 30 '19 10:10

Amsterdam is the safest city in Europe and the 4th safest city in the world, according to the Safe Cities Index 2019 by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The top three safest cities in the world are Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka.

Teen girl texting
Aug 30 '19 08:01

Both Dutch teenagers themselves and their parents are concerned and critical about the amount of time teenagers spend on their phone, tablet or computer, according to a study by I&O Research. About 70 percent of teenagers said they wanted to spend more time outside, NU.nl reports

Opioids
Aug 29 '19 15:10

The number of deaths caused by the use of strong painkillers in the Netherlands increased by almost 50 percent between 2013 and 2017. Two years ago 220 people died due to the use of opioids, and 2,200 people were admitted to hospital, according to research by Leiden University Medical Center and Utrecht University, RTL Nieuws reports.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Aug 28 '19 12:40

A 21-year-old woman from Gelderland is going to court to try and identify her biological father. She was conceived with sperm from a donor. Her mother deliberately chose a donor who had given permission for his child to contact him later, but when Maria tried to do so in 2017 she found that her biological father had withdrawn that permission, she said to the Volkskrant.

The man's identity is hidden behind his donor ID 'K34'. The Rijnstate hospital in Arnhem knows who he is, according to the newspaper. As far as is known, at least 57 children were conceived with his sperm. 

Marathon runners
Aug 28 '19 10:10

More than half of athletes in the Netherlands are not aware of the risks of overheating - they do not adjust their training programs in warm weather and think that overheating can't happen to them, the Red Cross reports based on its own research. While athletes know that overheating is possible, they don't know that it can also happen at lower temperatures, NOS reports.

Bruno Bruins
Aug 27 '19 09:16

Minister Bruno Bruins for Medical Care is threatening to name and shame pharmaceutical companies that charge sky-high price for their medicines for unknown reasons. In this way he hopes to increase social pressure on the pharmaceutical industry to keep their prices on an affordable level, the Minister said in an open letter in the Volkskrant on Tuesday. 

Gavel
Aug 26 '19 09:54

A doctor is standing trial in the court of The Hague on Monday for performing euthanasia on a patient with advanced dementia. While doctors have been reprimanded or warned by the disciplinary court in the past, this is the first time since the euthanasia law was implemented in 2002 that the Public Prosecutor considered it necessary to bring someone to criminal court, NOS reports.

Detention center
Aug 23 '19 12:30

Children in closed youth care institutions are still too often placed in solitary confinement, either in an isolation room or in their own room, according to the Healthcare and Youth Inspectorate. Closed youth care institutions agreed with the Ministry of Health to stop using solitary confinement by 2022, but the Inspectorate worries that they won't meet that deadline, the Volkskrant reports. 

A woman wearing a niqab
Aug 22 '19 08:37

A niqab-wearing woman filed a complaint against the Diakonessenhuis hospital in Utrecht, saying that she was refused treatment and repeatedly asked by security to remove her niqab, the Telegraaf reports.

Bruno Bruins
Aug 20 '19 13:40

From September 1st the medicines durvalumab and abemaciclib will be covered by the basic health insurance package, Minister Bruno Bruins of Medical Care announced. Durvalumab is used to treat a specific form of lung cancer, abemaciclib is an approved treatment for certain forms of breast cancer.

Health insurance
Aug 20 '19 11:10

Thousands of Dutch households are struggling to keep up with healthcare costs and have ended up in serious financial problems as a result, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research. Some people had to take desperate measures like selling their house, getting divorced or canceling holidays, according to the broadcaster.

Trouble sleeping
Aug 20 '19 08:08

Last year 24 percent of Dutch aged 25 years or older had sleeping problems. That amounts to approximately 2.9 million people who had trouble sleeping last year. In 2017 in was 21 percent, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday.

People who identified themselves as unfit to work to the stats office were far more likely to have trouble sleeping than other groups. 58 percent of people with occupational disabilities had sleeping problems last year, compared to 19 percent of employed Dutch, 35 percent of unemployed Dutch, 32 percent of volunteers, and 23 percent of pensioners.

Marlboro cigarettes wiki commons
Aug 19 '19 11:00

The demand for help to quit smoking grew explosively in the Netherlands over the past six years. Last year around 40 thousand people asked health insurers VGZ, CZ and Menzis for anti-smoking courses or medication, 12 times more than the 3,200 Dutch who sought such help in 2012, AD reports.

The number of smokers who sought serious hep in quitting last year may still be higher - the three health insurers hold 57 percent of the market and therefore have no insight into all requests for help. 

Princess Christina
Aug 16 '19 09:50

Princess Christina died at the age of 72 at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague on Friday morning, the Royal Family announced through government information service RVD on Friday. The Princess was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2017.

The Princess' body will be transferred to the Koepel van Fagel on the grounds of the Noordeinde Palace, where her family and friends will say their goodbyes in private. Princess Christina's cremation will also take place in private.

Older man reading a newspaper
Aug 16 '19 08:31

The life expectancy for 65-year-old people living in the Netherlands increased over the past years, but only for highly educated people. The life expectancy for 65-year-olds with a low level of education remained the same, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. Highly educated people are also less likely to have physical limitations and more likely to be healthy for longer.

Stethoscope
Aug 14 '19 08:45

From next year, care providers in psychiatric care will be allowed to use coercive measures against uncooperative patients. Blocking a wheelchair, using writs bands as cuffs, and confinement will soon be permitted in extreme cases, AD reports based on forms from which care providers will work next year.

New legislation that will be implemented on January 1st makes it possible to force uncooperative patients with a mental disorder or intellectual disability to receive treatment. The forms in AD's possession show how that will be done in practice. 

People enjoying the summer weather in Oosterpark in Amsterdam, 23 June 2019
Aug 9 '19 07:43

A total of 2,964 people died during the July week in which a record breaking heatwave hit the Netherlands. That is almost 400 more deaths than in an average summer week, Statistics Netherlands reported based on preliminary figures.

Maasstad Hospital
Aug 8 '19 07:42

Emergency services in Rotterdam responded en masse to the Maasstad Hospital on Wednesday night after a woman showed up at the GP station with symptoms of Ebola. A few hours later, just after midnight, the local safety office announced that it was a false alarm - the woman does not have the highly contagious disease, NOS reports.

Health insurance
Aug 7 '19 15:10

A massive 450 thousand Dutch people did not claim the healthcare allowance they were entitled to last year, according to an analysis by comparison website Independer. Some 100 million euros was left unclaimed, RTL Nieuws reports.

Dutch persons are entitled healthcare allowance up to an income of 29,500 euros. For couples, the cutoff point is a joint income of 37,500 euros.  People with the lowest incomes get up to 1,128 euros per person per year in healthcare allowance. 

Child with teddy bear
Aug 7 '19 08:06

The judges in family court are very concerned about the waiting lists for youth protection. Some families have to wait months for youth care workers to become available. Vulnerable children become the victims of staff shortages, the judges warned, RTL Nieuws reports.

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