Health

Eating disorder
Nov 12 '19 17:00

The Netherlands must improve its care for children and adolescents with eating disorder, according to advice from K-EET, a group of pediatricians and psychiatrists, to Minster Hugo de Jonge of Public Health. The group wants a structural improvement in care for anorexia patients in particular, NOS reports.

Accessible playground equipment for children with disabilities
Nov 12 '19 14:30

The government and municipalities need to put much more effort into constructing or converting playgrounds that are also accessible for children with disabilities, according to the D66 and various organizations. Despite the government saying two years ago that many more such playgrounds must be built, it is unclear whether any progress is being made on this front, RTL Nieuws reports.

Sunset in Slufter nature reserve on Texel island
Nov 12 '19 12:00

The European Union's policy on air quality led to much cleaner air in the Netherlands, according to a study by public health institute RIVM. Without the European measures implemented since the 1970s, air pollution in the country would be much higher and the average life expectancy in the Netherlands would be about six years lower, the RIVM said.

HIV awareness ribbon
Nov 12 '19 10:20

The number of new HIV diagnoses in the Netherlands decreased from 941 in 2015 to 664 last year, according to the latest figures from HIV monitoring foundation SHM. Two thirds of new HIV infections were diagnosed in men who have sex with other men. While most of these men were diagnosed at an early stage, a third was still only diagnosed after the virus already affected their immune system.

Health insurance
Nov 12 '19 08:22

Health insurers CZ and VGZ are lowering the premium for their basic health insurance next year, by nearly 4 euros and 1 euro respectively, RTL Nieuws and NOS report. Basic insurance at Menzis will be one euro more expensive, the company said in an email to customers.

Tampons and sanitary pads
Nov 9 '19 10:15

Nine percent of girls and young women between the ages of 12 and 25 in the Netherlands sometimes can't afford to buy tampons or sanitary pads.

Child playing with chalk
Nov 8 '19 10:20

The Dutch cabinet is considering a reversal of its policy of decentralizing youth care services following a harshly critical report from the Health and Youth Care Inspectorate. The report, produced with the Ministry of Justice and Security, said that staffing levels in the sector are far too low making it difficult or impossible for families to get help in dealing with either complex issues, or a multitude of issues.

People smoking on a platform at Amsterdam Amstel Station, 8 Feb 2018
Nov 7 '19 08:30

Internationally, the Netherlands has a relatively low percentage of smokers, according to figures from the OECD publication Health at a glance 2019 that Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday. The percentage of daily smokers in the Netherlands fell from 23 percent in 2007 to 17 percent in 2017, just under the 18 percent average in OECD countries. 

Tap water
Nov 6 '19 08:40

Many houses in the Netherlands still have lead water pipes and that can be dangerous for pregnant women and children up to the age of 7, the Health Council warned in advice to Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuzien of Infrastructure and Water Management.  According to the Health Council, more must be done to remove these dangerous pipes, and until they're gone, children and pregnant women in affected homes should switch to bottled water, RTL Nieuws reports.

Parking with special places for people with disabilities at the Isala Hospital in Zwolle
Nov 6 '19 08:12

People who regularly visit a hospital in the Netherlands spend enormous amounts on parking alone. Some lose more than a thousand euros a year in driving to and parking at the hospital. On average, one day of parking at a hospital in the Netherlands costs 8.93 euros. Amsterdam is most expensive - at the OLVG in Amsterdam Oost, parking costs 48 euros per day, AD reports based on its own research.

Handrails installed in a bathroom
Nov 5 '19 17:40

Municipalities in the Netherlands are far behind in creating enough homes suitable for the growing group of elderly people, according to research by organization for the elderly ANBO and organization for healthcare entrepreneurs ActiZ. Nationally over 13 billion euros are needed to adapt or create homes in which people can grow old well, the organizations said, AD reports.

Banner calling for a better collective bargaining agreement for hospital workers hanging in the OLVG Oost hospital, 29 July 2019
Nov 4 '19 13:40

Nine out of ten hospitals in the Netherlands will be taking part in a strike for a better collective labor agreement on November 20th. A total of 82 hospitals and rehabilitation centers responded to the trade unions' call to strike. Employees of university hospitals will not participate because they fall under a different collective agreement, NU.nl reports.

Newborn baby
Nov 4 '19 12:00

Emergency services helped deliver a healthy baby boy along the A2 highway near Born in Limburg on Sunday afternoon. "The little man will not be aware of it himself yet, but he turned a gray rainy day into a beautiful day for all the centralists and emergency workers involved", the Limburg police said on Facebook. 

Pharmacy
Nov 4 '19 08:40

The Dutch government decided to build up extra stocks of medicines in order to prevent shortages, Minister Bruno Bruins for Medical Care announced. The extra stocks will be built up at firms and wholesalers from next year. This will cost around 25 million euros, but is expected to cover 85 percent of the temporary drug shortages. The Minister also announced that the Ministry managed to save 272 million euros for patients last year by negotiating the price of "new and very expensive medicines."

An older couple walking on the beach
Nov 1 '19 10:20

A new forecast by Statistics Netherlands on the life expectancy of 65-year-old Netherlands residents shows that in 2025 they will still have around 20.75 years to live, half a week more than the previous forecast. The life expectancy is a month more in 2025 than in 2024.

The state retirement age is linked to these life expectancy figures. As the difference between the life expectancy in 2024 and 2025 is small at only a month, it seems unlikely that the retirement age will increase in 2025, according to NRC. Retirement age will reach the age of 67 for the first time in 2024. 

Vaccination
Nov 1 '19 08:50

The measles virus can erase the memory of the immune system, meaning that the body loses all defense its built up against diseases through the years. Those who have had the measles are sometimes as defenseless against disease as a newborn child, scientists from Amsterdam UMC and Wllcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge wrote journal Science

Sexual violence
Oct 31 '19 16:10

A 24/7 helpline should be created for victims of sexual violence, and media should refer to this helpline when they write about this type of crime, according to Iva Bicanic, head of the Center for Sexual Violence. Reports on sex crimes can be very triggering for victims who lived through similar crimes, she said to the Volkskrant.

Mushrooms
Oct 29 '19 11:00

So far this year, 28 people have become ill in the Netherlands after eating self-picked mushrooms. A significant increase compared to last year, when around 11 people contracted mushroom poisoning, AD reports based on figures from the national poisons information center NVIC.

The vast majority of the poisoning incidents happened in October, after mushrooms started growing en masse. By September, there were only nine cases of mushroom poisoning. 

Dermatologist examining a woman's skin
Oct 29 '19 08:03

The number of skin cancer diagnoses in the Netherlands continues to rise sharply and that is putting increasing pressure on hospitals, according to a report by Dutch cancer center IKNL. If no changes are made in how skin cancer care is organized, the pressure on hospitals will increase enormously in the coming years, the authors warn. At this stage the increase in skin cancer cases is faster than the Dutch population is aging, the report states, NOS reports.

Netherlands police uniform
Oct 29 '19 07:40

Municipalities and the police are very concerned about the new Compulsory Mental Healthcare Act that takes effect on January 1st. They worry that the law will result in even more people with serious mental health problems being treated at home. And because there is already not enough outpatient care to help people at home 24/7, this will increase the pressure on the police, Liesbeth Spies, mayor of Alphen aan den Rijn and chairman of the Society of Dutch Mayors, said to Nieuwsuur.

Alarm Clock
Oct 24 '19 11:50

On Sunday the Netherlands is setting its clocks back to winter time. Which means that until your system adjusts, it will feel like you can get up an hour later. Chronobiologist Marijke Gordijn of the University Medical Center Groningen, who studies the functioning of the human biological clock, warns that most Dutch don't get enough sunlight - especially now that the days are getting shorter in winter, RTL Nieuws reports.

Biomass power plant
Oct 22 '19 08:08

The government is taking too little account of public health in its climate policy, according to a letter 10 regional GGDs sent to Minster Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate. The community health services call on the government to include them in the development of climate plans, AD reports based on the letter in its possession.

Dementia
Oct 21 '19 13:40

Dozens of doctors, professors and other scientists called on the Dutch government to give more attention to preventative measures against dementia. A strong commitment to prevention can lead to a significant decrease in new patients, they said in an open letter addressed to Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health and published by NRC. 

Organ donation
Oct 21 '19 08:43

Over half of Dutch haven't yet indicated whether they want to donate their organs after they die. The new organ donation law takes effect on July 1st next year. From then on Dutch adults who have not explicitly said that they do not want their organs donated, will automatically be considered an organ donor, NOS reports.

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