The Rutte III government has too little regard for the thousands of vulnerable people in the Netherlands who do not receive the care that they need, the National Ombudsman, the Netherlands Court of Auditors and social and cultural planning office SCP said in a joint statement on Wednesday. The Tweede Kamer, lower house of Dutch parliament, is discussing the healthcare budget on Wednesday afternoon, NU.nl reports.
Half of the money dedicated to healthcare in the Netherlands is used by people aged 65 and over, according to information center Vektis. Last year 28 billion euros of the healthcare budget was spent on caring for the elderly, NU.nl reports.
Long-term care for the elderly carried the highest price tag last year at 11 billion euros. Hospital care followed in second place at 8.4 billion dollars, and district nursing in third at 2.8 billion euros. On average, the care for each person over the age of 65 costs 8,650 euros.
A massive 371 of the 393 municipalities in the Netherlands still hae money left in the budget they received from the state for home care and youth care last year, officials newspaper Binnenlands Bestuur reports based on its own research.
According to the newspaper, a number of municipalities including Oosterhout, Heerenveen and Dongeradeel did not spend about 30 percent of their care budget. In euros, Breda had the most money left - about 38 million euros of the 160 million euros that the government put into the municipal fund.