"The drug price is mainly influenced by what the producer thinks he can ask for it. This means that you can ask exorbitant amounts for a medicine for a nasty disease. A form of blackmail."
A man who flew to the Netherlands from Sierra Leone rode on the train and a bus before arriving at a Dordrecht hospital, where he is being treated for symptoms of Ebola virus. Results of the tests to determine if he has the deadly virus will be released on Monday.
All Dutch hospitals received a letter from Minister Schippers calling for health care personnel to provide assistance in Ebola areas.
Fewer young people are drinking these days, but the amount of alcohol consumed by those who do drink is worrying. Dutch organization VeiligheidNL says that the number of young people admitted to hospital for alcohol poisoning has been consistently high over the last years, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Health insure CZ announced yesterday that from January 1st they will no longer be doing business with a large number of practitioners of mental disorders.
Consumers have named the sugary children's drink Capri-Sun Multivitamin from Coca-Cola the most misleading product of 2014.
Many drugs are known to individually increase the risk of stomach bleeding. Now it has been demonstrated that a combination of drugs will increase the risk much more than expected.
According to research by AMC in Amsterdam, one in six victims of a serious accident develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Hospitals don't pay attention to this, causing victims to go about untreated.
The two Dutch doctors who were admitted to the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) several weeks ago, are out of quarantine and back with their families, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Doctors in the Netherlands assisted 4,829 people to commit suicide in 2013, representing a 15% percent increase over 2012. The vast majority of cases involved patients suffering with cancer or unbearable pain, according to a report published by the five regional review committees.
Minister of Health Edith Schippers said to the Second Chamber that Foppen fish processors, who was involved in an international salmonella outbreak from contaminated salmon in 2012, still has not got their business in order two years later.
Dutch women are growing more ashamed of their own naked bodies, according to research from health magazine gezondNU. Almost half of Dutch women feel they are too fat, and feel unhappy about their bodies when they look in the mirror. They also feel inferior to other women.
The increasing number of untrustworthy and illegal home medical tests is so alarming that the Public Health Service will devise their own health check, an online questionnaire that will indicate whether a proper medical examination is necessary.
The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has asked The Netherlands for specialist medical aid to help the country against the spread of ebola. She made this public call on the television program KRO Brandpunt, the NOS reports.
VUmc's CEO Wouter Bos (former Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of Finance) informed employees of the medical center in Amsterdam that VUmc has to make big cutbacks and this will likely have consequences for the staff.
Mindert Mulder, who has been working as Cure director at the Dutch Health Care Authority (NZa) since late 2008, is leaving the NZa.
Philadelphia, the second largest disability care firm in the Netherlands, is withdrawing from 150 of the 200 municipalities where they are currently guiding the mentally disabled.
From October 1st the Netherlands will have a new health insurer - Anno12.
New regulations concerning the hygiene of sex toy have sparked a quarrel between Red Light District window operators and Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan. As part of the new licensing conditions, operators themselves will be made responsible for ensuring that sex toys maintain proper hygiene standards.
The City of Amsterdam will impose exclusion orders on dealers who sell fake drugs in the late night entertainment districts Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. Dealers who parade disguise flour or detergent as cocaine will receive a weekend ban from the square.
Parents of children at the Strabrecht College in Geldrop and the Plus X-College in Bladel have tipped the school heads off about films circulating at the schools in which underage girls perform sexually explicit acts, Omroep Brabant reports.
CEO for health insurance company Menzis, Roger van Boxtel says that the Dutch National Care Authority is not strict enough in reprimanding providers for tampering with their packages, making it difficult for people to transfer to providers. The healthcare system is a "ticking time bomb", Van Boxtel tells De Volkskrant in an interview.
The two patients who have been in the hospital these past days on suspicion that they may have Ebola, are not infected with the virus.
The Cabinet is working together with the United Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) and healthcare providers to find solutions to make sure that vulnerable children aren't left without specialized childcare next year, the NOS report.