Health

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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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Aug 6 '19 08:31

More than 80 percent of people in the Netherlands struggle with stress caused by financial problems, divorce, a sick parent, or a fight in the work place, according to Zorg van de Zaak. This type of stress often leads to absenteeism at work. The organization is therefore launching a campaign to draw more attention of the psychological and physical consequences of stress, and to break through the taboo of speaking about it, NOS reports.

Blood donation
Aug 2 '19 16:40

Blood bank Sanquin is looking or non-Western donors and will therefore launch a campaign to persuade people with a Turkish, Moroccan, Surinamese or Antillean background to become a blood donor, NOS reports.

According to the blood bank, there are currently few people with a non-Western background who donate blood and they are desperately needed. People of Turkish, Moroccan, Surinamese and Antillean descent often have a different blood type than people with a Western background, according to NOS.

Sabine Amir
Aug 2 '19 07:46

On Thursday the police released a photo of a pregnant woman who is missing in Leiden. 26-year-old Sabrine Amir is 35 weeks pregnant and in urgent need of medical care, the police said.

The woman was last seen in the municipality of Leiden, during a medical check on July 23rd. She did not show up for her last check up on July 29th.

The police call on anyone with information about Sabrine's whereabouts, or anyone who thinks they saw her, to contact them at once. 

Pills
Aug 1 '19 15:30

From today GGD health institutions will start providing the HIV prevention pill PrEP and the medical care that comes with it. The pill is intended for homosexual men, who are at higher risk of contracting HIV. The GGDs expect that thousands of men will want to use PrEP, NOS reports.

Den Dolder train station
Aug 1 '19 11:00

Patients from the Fivoor psychiatric clinic in Den Dolder will soon no longer be able to walk through a residential neighborhood to the town center and train station. The municipality of Zeist, which covers Den Dolder, is going to install a two meters high gate to keep patients out of the Duivenhorst neighborhood, the municipality said in a letter to local residents, AD reports.

Mental Health Care
Jul 31 '19 11:40

Patients at a quarter of the mental health institutes in the Netherlands spent more time in solitary confinement in 2017 than in 2014, according to a study done by Investico for De Groene Amsterdammer and Trouw.

People smoking on a platform at Amsterdam Amstel Station, 8 Feb 2018
Jul 31 '19 07:35

ProRail wants to ban smoking at all train stations in the Netherlands. If the rail manager has its way, all smoking zones will disappear at the some 400 stations within the next two years, a spokesperson said to the Telegraaf.

ProRail receives many complaints from travelers who are bothered by smokers, the spokesperson said. The company therefore does not want to wait for a national smoking ban. "That's why we take the lead ourselves." The rail manager is currently working on convincing all parties involved to support the plan.

Tom Egbers
Jul 30 '19 15:20

Tom Egbers suffered a heart attack while on vacation. The 61-year-old NOS Studio Sport presenter will therefore be off screen for a while, NOS announced on Tuesday.

Egbers is doing well, but needs time to rest and recover, according to the broadcaster.

For the time being, his colleagues Henry Schut and Sjoerd van Ramhorst will stand in for him. Schut will lead the Eredivisie broadcast of Studio Sport at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. And Van Ramshorst will be the gest host of Studio Voetbal later in the evening. 

The new Eredivisie season starts this weekend. 

Lunch time at an Amsterdam terrace
Jul 30 '19 09:27

More and more Dutch restaurants and bars are banning smoking on their terraces. Last year the country counted 39 terraces that were completely or partly smoke-free, now there are 113, according to figures from anti-smoking organization Clean Air Nederland. The vast majority of terraces still allow smoking - there are thousands of terraces in the Netherlands.

Woman selling laughing gas in Amsterdam
Jul 30 '19 09:01

The number of reports of health problems caused by laughing gas is increasing rapidly in the Netherlands, according to figures from the national poisoning information center NVIC. The center calls this a "worrying development". Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema is looking into measures to curb the sale of laughing gas on the city streets.

Opioids
Jul 29 '19 09:18

The Netherlands is facing increasing problems with opioid addictions. The number of people who booked into rehab clinics for painkiller addictions tripled between 2012 and 2018. "Thousands" of Dutch are addicted to severe painkillers, Albert Dahan, professor of anesthesiology at the Leiden University Medical Center, said to newspaper NRC.

Vaccination
Jul 26 '19 16:00

The municipality of The Hague is launching a "plan of attack" to encourage its residents to vaccinate their children. "The current vaccination rate in The Hague is worrying", public health alderman Kavita Parbhudayal said to RTL Nieuws.

Jul 26 '19 08:33

In 2014 healthcare organization Cordaan made a group of mentally disabled clients sign a gag order promising not to talk about the financial, mental and physical abuse they suffered under the organization's care, Cordaan director Ronald Schmidt admitted to the Volkskrant. 

Ambulance in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jul 26 '19 07:59

A total of 34 children and two staff members became ill at a campsite in Leusden on Thursday due to the heat. They were all taken to hospital. The organizers of the camp cut the summer camp short and sent the remaining children home, NU.nl reports.

The sick kids were taken to the University Medical Center in Utrecht. Most of them were sent home after a check-up, but four had to spend the night in hospital for observation. Parents of the affected children were asked to go directly to the hospital and collect their children there.

Haze_in_Jinan_01
Jul 25 '19 13:00

Public health institute RIVM issued a "smog alarm" for Noord-Brabant, Zuid-Holland, Limburg, Zeeland, Noord-Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht. The air quality in parts of these provinces will be "very poor" this afternoon and early evening due to the formation of ozone in the air, the institute warns, ANP reports.

Elderly people sitting on a park bench
Jul 24 '19 10:10

While the summer is a time of fun and vacation for many people in the Netherlands, it is often a time of loneliness for the country's senior citizens. Research by seniors' organization KBO-PCOB shows that 15 percent of Dutch elderly feel more lonely in the summer than in the rest of the year. To address this, the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport launched a campaign against summer loneliness. 

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