The Dutch Ministries of Public Health and Economic Affairs are looking into using blank cigarette packages without manufacturers' logos, a spokesperson confirmed to NU.nl. The ministries hope that this will make buying cigarettes less attractive and thereby discourage smoking.
Adding dental care for adults to the basic health insurance package will cost the government 1.2 billion euros, according to calculations for the year 2018 by the Central Planning Bureau. The Ministry of Public Health is considering adding adult dental care to the basic package in an effort to lower contributions to supplementary insurance
Foodwatch found dangerous mineral oils MOAH and MOSH in food products of supermarkets Alebert Heijn, Jumbo, Aldi and Lidl, the food watchdog announced on Wednesday.
State Secretary Martin van Rijn of Public Health allocated 13.2 million euros for improving care for disabled people and getting it ready for the future, he wrote to parliament on Friday
Public Health Minister Edith Schippers wants Dutch general practitioners to be able to prescribe a pill that would terminate a pregnancy in its early stages, she wrote in a letter to parliament on Monday
People with mental health problems in the Netherlands now also face waiting lists at doctor's officers, according to an annual survey by the national association for general practitioners LHV. 52 percent of doctors indicated that they have waiting lists because they have no time to help mental health patients immediately
Almost all the midwife practices in Amsterdam will be on strike and protesting between 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 3:00 a.m. On Wednesday. They are protesting against Health Minister Edith Schippers' plan to get midwives and gynecologists working more closely together by paying all birth care from one pot next year
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health is planning a more effective approach to helping people with mental health problems. She wants all municipalities to come up with a good plan to personally help every mentally disturbed person in the Netherlands
From next year the basic health insurance will only reimburse breast implants for transgender women without any breast growth at all, according to a letter from Health Minister Edith Schippers. This means that transgender women whose sex-change hormone therapy triggered any breast growth at all, no matter how minimal, will not be reimbursed for breast enlargement
Former Children's Ombudsman Marc Dullaert was appointed to lead the fight against truancy in the Netherlands, the Ministry of Education announced on Monday. His job will be to enforce agreements made in a Truancy Pact made with the aim of having not a single child out of school for more than 3 months by 2020.
The ruling coalition of VVD and PvdA reached an agreement on spending 1.2 billion euros next year on reversing scheduled cuts. The PvdA negotiated for reversing a cutback back on elderly- and disabled care and pushing money into education. The VVD fought for spending money on security by filling holes in the Defense and Security and Justice budgets
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health is allocating 20 million euros over the next four years to be invested into the promotion of e-health initiatives, she announced at E-Health Week in Amsterdam on Tuesday.
The Dutch dentist association ANT is concerned about Health Minister Edith Schippers' plan to allow dental hygienists to carry out small operations, such as drilling cavities, by themselves. "We hold Minister Schippers personally responsible if patients are soon put on the street with severe toothache due to complications, for example", ANT president and dentist Jan Willem Vaartjes said to RTL Nieuws.
Edith Schippers is not on the VVD's list of candidates for the next election. Last election the Health Minister was second on the VVD's list, but she decided not to sign up for this one, her spokesperson said to news wire ANP.
GroenLinks parliamentarian Naima Azough was appointed the Netherlands' new special rapporteur on religious extremism. Up until the end of the year, her job will be to identify what works and what doesn't in the fight against radicalization and extremism in the Netherlands
The Dutch Healthcare Inspectorate received a total of 41 reports of patients or their relatives signing non-disclosure contracts with healthcare professionals. Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health called on the public to report such contracts, which are not illegal but considered "highly undesirable"
At least 38 children are staying in a closed institution without a court ruling that they could be there. These children were admitted to the institution based on their own or their parents' decision
The Netherlands was named a member of the World Health Organization's executive board at the UN organizations annual meeting, currently taking place in Geneva. According to Health Minister Edith Schippers, this means the Netherlands will have more influence on the organization's policy
The government is launching a full investigation into physical abuse of children who were removed from their homes by child welfare. The investigation, launched based on the advice of the De Winter committee, will span from 1945 until present.
In Spain on Sunday 18-year-old Max Verstappen became both the first Dutch and youngest racer ever to win the Grand Prix. "I can not believe it", the young Dutchman said after what he describes as an "incredible and fantastic" race
A shortage of specialist community nurses is leading to kids having to stay longer in hospital than medically necessary. This extra time in hospital because no home care is available can easily run up to 12 weeks, according to nurses organization V&VN.
The Ministries of Public Health and Security and Justice are temporarily making money available for family doctors to pay for telephonic interpreters when they're treating refugees. General practitioners are happy that the government is doing so, but feel it should be a permanent arrangemen
The government and the Association of Dutch Municipalities reached an agreement on locating all homeless people in the country and giving them a fixed post address. This is to make sure they have access to health insurance and medical care, for which you need at least a postal address
Health and Sport Minister Edith Schippers thinks that football commentator Johan Derksen touched on a "real problem" when he said that some football clubs are facing problems because of Moroccan players. "We have to address everyone, all incidents. But you can not deny that these incidents happen far more at a number of clubs than at other clubs", she said