You are on page 1of 12

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE NETHERLANDS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Monica Rodriguez Hans K Margarita Lopez Crystal Rodriguez Marian ONeill

Identify the healthcare system for the country

How does this country finance their healthcare system

How accessible is the healthcare for their citizens


It is a legal obligation for everyone who is registered as resident in the Netherlands to

be insured for healthcare by a Dutch health insurer. The standard package will cover for any gender, age, and health. The coverage of the standard package is determined by the government. The accessible healthcare consist of: Medication Rehabilitation care Medical care by specialist, general practitioners and midwives Dental care Therapist care Mental health care Maternity care Hospitals care

Is the healthcare system well accepted in the country


Universal healthcare systems beat the US in almost every measure of patient

satisfaction, as well as access, quality, and cost. The Dutch lead all other health care systems in almost every measure -No major reforms -Best access rates Most patients being able to: -See a physician within the same day -Have short wait times for elective surgery -The shortest ER wait times -Getting the drugs they need -The best treatment technology -High-quality safe care -Least likely to avoid medical care, or to fail to fill a prescription due to concerns over cost Mortality due to health care amenable causes shows the Dutch perform better than most other countries in outcomes (the US performs the worst).

Is the healthcare system well accepted in the country


The 2010 Dutch Healthcare Performance Report showed: Dutch residents were living longer The cost effectiveness of health promotion tactics had improved and accessibility was mostly excellent 85% had no problem with access and 90% were pleased with the service they received the Dutch are in the lead in healthcare reform The Netherlands came top of the Euro Health Consumer Index Top of a Commonwealth Fund survey which compared the healthcare systems of 7 countries including America and Germany

Statistics on Health: Netherlands vs. United States


Netherlands

United States

Access to sanitation: 100 % ( ranked 1st) Breast cancer incidence: 28.7 per 100,000 females (ranked 4th. 35% more than the U.S.) Death from cancer: 433 deaths per 100,000 people (ranked 1st . 35 % more than U.S.) Heart disease deaths: 75.1 per 100,000 people (ranked 18th) Obesity: 10% ( ranked 20th)

Access to sanitation : 100% ( ranked 10th) Breast cancer incidence: 21.2 per 100,000 females (ranked 17th) Death from cancer: 321.9 deaths per 100,000 people (ranked 9th) Heart disease deaths: 106.5 per 100,000 people (ranked 13. 42 % more than the Netherlands) Obesity: 30.6% (ranked 1st. 2 times more than Netherlands) Teen pregnancy: 494,357 births (ranked 1st 174 times more than Netherlands) Physicians> per 1,000 people: 2.3 per1,000 9 ranked 31st in 2002)

Teen pregnancy: 2,823 births ( ranked 19th)

Physicians> per 1,000 people: 3.1 per 1,000 people (ranked 18th in 2002. 35 % more than U.S.)

Discuss do they have better preventive health care in this country


Cancer Screening: Confirming OECD studies, it was reported that the United States has superior
screening rates than the Netherlands. Americans are also screened younger which provides the most benefits against cancer.

Heart disease and stroke: Wolf-Maier stated that treatment of high blood pressure, and the
prevention of stroke and heart failure was the highest in the United States which was a 53%. Drug treatment was also the highest in the United States.

Cholesterol lowering statins: reduces the risk of stroke and is given more frequently in the united
states than in the Netherlands

Exercise: In the Netherlands, bicycles rule. It does not matter if its summer or winter, people still ride
their bikes. The Ministry of Infrastructure stated that for the people who lived about 5 miles ( about 35 minutes) from their work, 45% of people chose to ride their bike instead of driving compared to the less than one percent in the United States. Walking or peddling to work or school are less likely to be obese and suffer from heart diseases and stroke than those people who dont. Exercising is by far the best way to prevent these diseases instead of medication which most people in the United States do.

Client outcomes in the Netherlands vs. United States outcomes

Client outcomes in the Netherlands vs. United States outcomes

The chart shows the U.S. failed to achieve better health outcomes than the

Netherlands. The U.S. is last on access, patient safety, coordination, efficiency, and
equity. The Netherlands ranks first followed by the U.K. and Australia.

Personal reflection on this issue


The Dutch have succeeded in setting up a system that has the potential to harness the

benefits of real competition and real choice through private insurance arrangements. Is achievable without relying solely on central taxation or government management of funds. The Dutch's system is fairly simple, everyone is required to purchase insurance from highly-regulated private providers. They describe it as private health insurance with social conditions. Insurers are tightly regulated for quality, provision of basic services, and to prevent discrimination, as they are required to accept everyone in their coverage area at a flat rate, no matter what their health status is.

Resources
Aguirre , V., & Geppaart , G. (n.d.). Health care in the Netherlands. Retrieved from

http://www.access-nl.org/media/13949/health_care_guide_completed.pdf
Atlas, S. (2012, November 16). Retrieved from

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/11/16/what-world-doesnt-know-about-health-care-inamerica/
(n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/compare/Netherlands/United-States/Health Miller, H. (2012, July). Retrieved from www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/5-healthiest-

countries/netherlands
National Institute for Public Health and DepartmentPublic Health and Health Services Division,

Centre for Prevention and Health Services Research. (2010). Dutch Health Care Performance Report 2010. Retrieved from National Institute for Public Health and Department website: http://www.gezondheidszorgbalans.nl/object_binaryo10298_dhCPR2010.pdf
Ritholtz, B. (2010, June 27). Retrieved from http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2010/06/us-ranks-

last-in-healthcare/