From this summer advertisements for cosmetic surgeries will include the mandatory label: "Watch out. Making yourself prettier could turn ugly. A successful surgery starts with a good doctor."
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.
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.
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.
A special program provided by the Netherlands Forensics Institute (NFI) and funded by the Ministry of Security and Justice will train forensic doctors to more efficiently recognize signs of child abuse, reports the government. Secretary for Security and Justice Klaas Dijkhoff officially launched the program on Wednesday morning in the town of Riel.
Every year dozens of children are deliberately injured by one of their parents, often being poisoned with medicine. According to the Association of Confidence Doctors, the tackling of this problem leaves a lot to be desired.
The quality of care in the nursing home where State Secretary Martin van Rijn's (Health) mother lives, has improved significantly. "The institution has done incredibly well", Van Rijn said in the television program Jinek on Wednesday.
Civic leaders in the Netherlands met in Amsterdam Sunday to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. An estimated 1.1 million people died at the site in Poland, ground which the Red Army took control of on January 27, 1945.
Union FNV Zorg & Welzijn (FNV Care & Welfare) has filed a complaint with the Advertising Code Commission regarding a number of commercials of the Ministry of Health. The union thinks that the videos about the changes and cutbacks in healthcare are misleading.
The Dutch healthcare authority NZa needs strong reforms and better management, a report commissioned by Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport Edith Schippers (VVD) will reveal on Tuesday. The report, leaked to newspaper NRC, directs strong criticism at the dual mission of the organisation, which provides policy recommendations and the spervision of hospitals and insurers, claiming that the organisation is plagued by internal security leaks and undue managerial influence.
It is easier for defaulters to return to their health care insurance. Now a defaulter can only go back to the insurer if the debt is paid off or if a recognized authority is involved in the repayment of the debt. Under the new rules the return is a possible if the defaulter itself make arrangements with the insurer.
This is contained in a bill of Minister Edith Schippers (Health) that was sent on Monday to the House. Schippers wants the law to ensure that defaulters quickly return to their insurer and also pay the premium there.