healthcare costs

Elderly Hospital
Jul 5 '17 16:30

Dementia is expected to be the main cause of death for people in the Netherlands by 2040. In the next 23 years the number of dementia related deaths will grow from 14 thousand to 40 thousand, according to a new study published by public health institute RIVM on Wednesday, ANP report.

The increase in dementia related deaths can be attributed to the aging population. Dementia is a collective name for over 50 age related diseases, including Alzheimer's. It is possible to live with dementia for several years, but patients gradually weaken. There is currently no cure.

Jan 31 '17 11:50

The Netherlands' healthcare system is the best in Europe, according to the annual index by Swedish Health Consumer Powerhouse. The Netherlands has been number in Europe on this index since 2008, the Telegraaf reports.

Powerhouse compares accessibility, cost, treatment outcome and use of medicine for their ranking. This year the Netherlands scored 927 out of the possible 1,000 points. Improvements were seen in shorter waiting lists.

Dec 11 '15 09:13

Insurer VGZ and the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen plan to reduce healthcare costs by spending more time with patients during consultations with doctors. According to them, the pressure to reduce costs in medical care actually leads to more treatments and therefore increased costs

Jul 29 '15 10:49

The vast majority of Dutch people think that young people who end up in the hospital after drinking to much, should pay the bill themselves, either completely or partially. About the same amount feel the same about smokers who need help quitting.

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Jul 16 '15 15:30

Union KBO, the largest organization for elderly people in the Netherlands, wants people over 65 to be vaccinated against common infectious diseases in the elderly, such as hepatitis A, shingles and pneumococcus

Doctor
Jun 11 '15 13:45

Forty percent of medical specialists want to be able to refuse treatment for patients with an unhealthy lifestyle.

Feb 25 '15 13:15

The court in Amsterdam - Leeuwarden has ruled against a man who wanted to deduct cannabis he bought from a coffee shop from his income tax as healthcare costs, De Telegraaf reports.

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