Wealthier people are more likely to visit the dentist than people with money troubles. Last year 70 percent of people in the lowest income groups visited the dentist, compared to 90 percent of people in the highest income groups, according to a survey done by Statistics Netherlands.
Over the past three years refugee jobs programme Startbaan helped nearly 800 refugees towards work. A third of them now have a paying job, according to figures Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland released
The top earners at the 1,000 largest companies in the Netherlands on average earn six times more than an average worker, according to calculations done by Statistics Netherlands after looking at the five top earners per company.
More than 4 million people provided informal care to someone they know in 2014, that is about a third of all adult Dutch, according to a report by the Social and Cultural Planning Office based on surveys among more than 7 thousand carers.
The access to and quality of youth healthcare is being threatened because municipalities are increasingly forced to focus on costs and savings, instead of the interests of the child, according to Children's Ombudsman Marc Dullaert. "When determining what treatment a child gets, his individual interests should come first, and not the financial or organizational interest of the municipality or institution. That currently does not seem to be the case."
The call for volunteers by the Red Cross in mid-September to aid with refugees across the Netherlands has been heard and answered by more than 20 thousand people. At that time, the Red Cross had access to 6,500 volunteers for assisting in asylum seeker-related issues, but now the total is over 27 thousand.
An explosion in a Hoogeveen health care facility and residence on Tuesday morning left at least one person seriously injured. Several others were being treated at the scene after the blast, the Drenthe Regional Safety Office announced.
Damages caused by flooding at VU hospital following a water main break two weeks ago are estimated at some 50 million euros, medical center chairman Wouter Bos told reporters at the hospital's re-opening on Wednesday morning. Technical installations that were in the basement were badly damaged, some irreparably.
Nearly 20 percent of Dutch people say that they have delayed or avoided medical care in 2015 as they are afraid it will cost them too much cash out of pocket. Higher deductibles in in some insurance policies is the primary concern, according to a study conducted by TNS and commissioned by health insurer VGZ.
Health insurer DSW will raise their basic annual healthcare package costs in 2016 by about 45 euros for the entire year, lower than the 58 euro increase predicted by the health ministry. compared to that of the Ministry of Health which will increase its premiums by 58 euros. This will be the fourth consecutive year that DSW has announced premiums lower than that of the Ministry.
The coalition parties have extra money to spend due to a "relatively easy budget" this year. The VVD and PvdA each have 375 million euros to give away, and they will be pushing it mainly into healthcare and Defense.
Arranging alternative care for a frail loved one is even more frustrating after the cut backs in Health Care, according to Mezzo, the national association representing the interests of informal caregivers. Many family care givers are overworked and can't take time off because they can't find alternative care for their loved one.
The Dutch Cabinet approved a proposal on Friday from Ronald Plasterk, Minister of Interior and Kingdom Relations, to ban burqas in several high-profile areas, including on public transport, in schools, healthcare and government building. The goal is not to penalize people wearing burqas, but to set a clear standard that it is customary in the Netherlands to show your face, sources told broadcaster RTL.
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.
The largest home care organization in the Netherlands, TSN Care, is afraid it will have to cut 650 jobs as a result of reforms in the healthcare sector. Under the new Social Support Act (WMO), municipalities have less money available for home care, reports NOS. In some municipalities, home care may even disappear completely.
More than half of Dutch employees would like to change their job in the next year, according to new research released Wednesday. Roughly 68 percent of people in the hospitality industry alone want a new job, the highest of any sector, the Loonwijzer and Monsterboard Wage index states.
More people in the Netherlands in 2014 chose to pay lower monthly health insurance premiums, risking a higher own cost for medical care, than a year earlier. About 12 percent of policy-holders chose cheaper plans, broadcaster NOS reported.
PvdA leader Diederik Samsom is calling on health minister Martin van Rijn to intervene in the country's existing home healthcare policy, reports NRC. "Bring the insurers to book,” Samson said in an interview with the newspaper on Thursday.
Dutch citizens are currently most concerned about healthcare and elderly care and immigration and integration. This is according to the latest publication by the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) - Citizen Perspective 2015/1.
Dutch electronics group Philips is planning an initial public offering of its lighting business in 2016, reports Wall Street Journal. This follows the announcement made in September about the company splitting into two and spinning off its lighting branch.
According to Deputy Prime Minster Lodewijk Asscher (Social Affairs, PvdA), the cabinet will not make more cuts on healthcare and social security to enable burden reduction in a new tax system, NRC reports. Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem (Finance, PvdA) called further cuts "nonsensical" and "unnecessary".
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.
About 24 thousand claims from people with a personal budget have not been paid yet, according to a letter State Secretary Martin van Rijn (Health) wrote to the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament)
More than half of all households (56 percent) made use of at least one social benefit in 2012. This is according to research done by Statistic Netherlands, commissioned by the Quality Institute Dutch Municipalities.