The Netherlands is a beautiful and lovely country that is situated in the lower plains of western Europe. The country incorporates the three island territories of the Caribbean. It is a densely populated lower land country that is a major exporter of food and agricultural products, precisely the second largest exporter after the United States. The country is a beautiful country with flat geography, and favorable climate for agriculture has a high population density that is leaving a more than average good life.
A good life is marked by a high standard of living and the life expectancy of the population. You will agree to the fact that high life expectancy can only be assured through a good and efficient health care system. Talking about efficiency, The Netherlands health care system has been ranked the best in Europe several times and also first when compared to some countries outside Europe.
The healthcare system in the Netherlands can be divided into three separate ways, the first division has three echelons, the second division is the physical health care and the mental health care while the third division is the ‘cure’ which is short term and the ‘care’ which is long term. The system has a total of 160 acute primary care centers that comprise 121 general practice health centers and 94 medical emergency units properly fitted with surgical equipment. All these centers are open each second in every hour. An Analysis carried out in 2015 by the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health, and the Environment showed that 99.8 percent of the people can be transported to an emergency unit/casualty ward, or a hospital offering emergency obstetrics within 45 minutes. This analysis depicts the accessibility and efficiency of the system.
Healthcare in the Netherlands is moderated by the Dutch government regarding accessibility and quality but not its management. The government also mandates every citizen to insurance which is in two forms. The first is Zorgverzekeringswet (Zvw), which is the basic insurance while the second is Wet Langdurige Zorg (WLZ) that covers long-term nursing and care. The WLZ insurance is automatically taken care of by the government that means the people do not need to worry about that while the basic insurance is cared for by the people. Failure to take health insurance attracts a fine.
Health insurance in the Netherlands is for everyone within four months of arrival. But there are conditions for you to qualify for that insurance. The stipulated conditions are, you are at least 18 years old, you have Dutch health insurance, you have an EU nationality, valid residence permit, and/or work permit. The rest are you earn below a certain level, or your assets are less than a certain amount. Whether you get health insurance or not depends largely on your income.
The Netherlands health care system is very efficient and reliable, however, is not the most cost-effective. This is so because, in my opinion, more is needed for the maintenance and sustainability of the system.
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University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
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Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC)
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