This TforG Healthcare Overview for the Netherlands includes numerical and written analysis on the socioeconomic and macroeconomic context and outlook, the healthcare system, and the latest healthcare reforms. Moreover, an extensive chapter is dedicated to the markets for capital equipment, medical devices, disposables and pharmaceuticals.
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- In 2015 the Dutch economy grew by 2% and has been steadily growing since 2012 when it was -1.1%
- The inflation rate was 0.2%, and the government budget balance was -1.9% of the GDP. The Euro area, which is the Netherlands’ largest export market, is still recovering from the sovereign debt crisis.
- The 4 pillars of the Dutch economy are the agriculture, metal and engineering, electronic and chemical industries.
- The Netherlands is amongst the top exporters in the world, following China, USA, Germany and Japan.
- The Dutch population in 2016 counts 17m with a growth rate of 0.42%. The Netherlands has one of the highest life expectancies worldwide at 81.3 years of age.
- The Netherlands was ranked first in the Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI) by the Health Consumer Powerhouse (HCP) in 2015.
The Healthcare System:
- The philosophy underpinning the Dutch healthcare system is based on: access to care for all, solidarity through medical insurance (which is compulsory for all and available to all) and high-quality healthcare services.
- Healthcare spending as a percentage of GDP in 2015 was 10.75%, equivalent to 4,224 euros per capita. 87% of the spending originated from public sources and 13% came from private funds.
- In the Netherlands, all citizens contribute to the Statutory Health Insurance (SHI) scheme in 2 ways; the first way is by paying a flat rate premium or nominal premium directly to an insurer of their choice. The second way is for an income dependent employer contribution to be deducted through each individual’s payroll and transferred to the Health Insurance Fund. These resources are then allocated among the health insurers according to a risk-adjustment system.
- The government defines the standard nominal premium from which they can decide which income groups will receive financial help in order to pay insurance premiums.
- Hospital Sector Finance Reforms 2012-2015
- Changes in the Health Insurance package 2013
- Changes in the Basic Insurance Package for 2014
- Higher Long Term Care Contributions for People with Private Assets (2013)
- Maximum Tariffs for Independent Medical Specialists (2014)
- Reform of Mental Care (2014)
- Compulsory Deductible (2015)
- Chronic Disease and Handicapped Allowances Decentralized to Municipalities (2015)
- Changes in the Basic Benefits Package (2015)
- Healthcare spending in the Netherlands is among the highest in Europe. The Netherlands can be described as a mature market and a mid-sized consumer of medical devices.
- The pharmaceutical market in the Netherlands was valued in 2015 at €6.1 bn, and the medical device market at approximately €2.3 bn, with a slow but steady growth rate expected over the next few years.
- Regulation of medical devices in the Netherlands is governed by 3 European Union directives along with the Netherlands’ Medical Devices Act, Medical Devices Decree, Active Implants Decree, and In-Vitro Diagnostics Decree.
- Medical software, telemedicine and e-health are sectors with strong potential. The Dutch realize significant savings can be made by investing in health IT.
Includes tables centralizing all relevant data on socio-demographics, macroeconomics and national Healthcare.
National Care Provision data:
Provides an overview of the Healthcare demographics: Nation Care provision data, Intensive Care units, Operating rooms, Emergency Rooms, Hospital services, Healthcare professionals.
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