The demand for medical marijuana is soaring in the Netherlands. Over the past five years the number of doctor's prescriptions for medical marijuana grew by more than 400 percent to over 50 thousand this year, according to figures from the foundation of pharmaceutical statistics SFK, AD reports.
The housing policy of the current Dutch government is creating a crisis, with the middle class bearing the brunt of the situation, according to TU Delft professor of housing Peter Boelhouwer and Karel Schiffer, former leader of NHG-hypotheek, the Financieele Dagblad reports.
According to these two experts, the housing market in the Netherlands today still faces a shortage of housing, the sale and rental sector hardly relate to each other and the steep rent increases combined with a decline in purchasing power is creating a "poverty trap" in the rental sector.
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
The number of medicines temporarily unavailable in the Netherlands increased sharply over the past years. In five years the shortages quadrupled, according to pharmacists organization KNMP
For the sixth year running primary care physicians ordered fewer flu vaccinations. This is despite the fact that last winter had the longest and deadliest influenza epidemic in the past 40 years.
Today, mortgager Obvion, daughter company of Rabobank, is lowering tariffs for its most important mortgages with 0.1 percent, RTL Nieuws reports. For The Netherlands, the mortgage rates continue to fall as SNS Bank already announced a new drop in rates last Friday.