Minister Edith Schippers of Pubic Health has put the funding for the new cervical cancer screening program on hold indefinitely. This follows accusations that one of the professors involved had neglected to mention conflicts of interest.
The current health care system is not sufficiently adjusted to the specific characteristics of the female body as there is too little knowledge about the health differences between men and women. This leads to incorrect diagnoses, treatments that don't work and higher health care costs.
Preventative measures such as screening has reduced the mortality rate for cervical cancer by 50 percent in the past 25 years. The mortality rate for breast cancer has been reduced by 30 percent.
A professor at the VU University Medical Center, who is the driving force behind the new screening for cervical cancer, concealed business interests in that research, NRC reports based on their own research.
Exposure to hormone disrupting substances, which can be found in everyday products such as pesticides, plastic packaging, BPA or canned goods, annually costs Dutch society 5.8 billion euros.
Two thirds of the 11 thousand doctors in the Netherlands have had enough of the unending amount of administrative work they have to deal with every day for the health insurance companies. They feel this takes time that they could have spent with patients and that something must be done.
The four countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands reached an agreement on combating cross-border infectious diseases, and the control of bacteriological, radiological and chemical incidents. The countries will cooperate to meet the requirements of the International Health Regulation (IHR), the Dutch cabinet announced this week.
Spending in healthcare is rising more slowly than expected, reports Volkskrant. Last year, the care cost two billion euros less than planned, mainly as a result of cheaper prescription drugs and declining costs of hospitalization, the paper said.
Based on the advice of Care Institute Netherlands, Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health has decided to keep maternity care in the basic health care package.
Cuts to items covered under the mandatory basic health insurance package is saving the country less money than expected, reports the Netherlands Court of Audit. Between 2007 and 2013, roughly 250 million euro was saved through the cuts, about half the amount the cabinet predicted under former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health and her Belgian counterpart Maggie de Block are teaming up in negotiations with pharmaceutical companies on the prices of expensive drugs. This agreement was made on Monday during a European Council of Health Ministers in Riga.
The group of doctors who directed the manifesto "Everything must change" to Minister Edith Schippers of Public health last month, thinks further contract negotiations with health insurers are meaningless as they do not listen. The manifesto is supported by 7,418 of the total 11,345 house doctors in the Netherlands - 65 percent.
Ab Osterhaus, a virologist at the Erasmus University, wants the Health Council to consider also vaccinating boys against the human papilloma virus (HPV), BNR reports.
The number of diseases and medical conditions newborns are tested for should increase from 17 to 30, says the Netherlands health council, NOS reports. The council, known as the Gezondheidsraad, finds that broadening the "hielprik", a Guthrie test that screens a blood sample taken from a baby's heel, is relevant since new treatments have emerged in the past few years for a number of rare diseases.
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health, Welfare and Sport has decided to remove the "The Netherlands is changing, healthcare is changing along" advertisements from the website www.dezorgverandertmee.nl.
Health Minister Edith Schippers wants to explore the possibility of adding medically-necessary plastic surgery back to the basic insurance package. During a Monday broadcast of television show Radar, Schippers called on doctors to help form a plan, which would then be reviewed by the Minister and her colleagues.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb (PvdA) and Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan (PvdA) are the most popular politicians in the Netherlands. Geert Wilders (PVV) is the received the least love and ended up on the bottom of the list as the least popular politician in the Netherlands.
Minister Edith Schippers (Health, VVD) thinks that the scandals that have recently come to light around the VVD were kept back to come out just before the provincial elections on Wednesday, the Volkskrant reports.
The three Ajax youth team players arrested Thursday for assaulting a female police officer were released from custody, the prosecutor said on Friday. The team has suspended the trio pending an internal investigation.
Dutch GPs are back in action against the growing influence of insurers in the healthcare system. Doctors from eight provinces attached their manifesto under the title ‘Everything must change’ next to the entrance to the Department of Health, reports NOS.
Kicks to the head in martial arts will soon be forbidden for young people up to 17 years of age. This, along with the establishment of a new regulatory body, forms part of Minister Edith Schippers' (Public Health, Welfare and Sports) plan to make the martial arts industry safer, more orderly and better organized.
Minister Edith Schippers (Public Health, Welfare and Sports) presented a plan yesterday to provide patients with more and better information on the quality and cost of their healthcare.
Further changes to the new healthcare law proposal by Dutch health minister Edith Schippers (VVD) drew doubts and opposition after Parliament heard the amended plan on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte will attend this year's meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland this week. Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lillianne Ploumen, and Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport Edith Schippers will also attend the forum in Davos.