One in five people aged 55-80 years in the Netherlands experienced one or more functional limitations in 2007. Mobility problems were the most common, although the number of older people with these problems has decreased since 1996.
In the Netherlands, 1 in every 5 children aged between 4 and 12 are chronically ill. Asthma and chronic bronchitis are the most common chronic diseases.
Altogether, nearly 19 percent of the Dutch population contacted a physiotherapist at least once in 2008: about 23 percent of women and 16 percent of men.
Last year, 66 persons in the Netherlands died from AIDS. Since 1983, the AIDS death toll in the Netherlands totals 4,344.
Lower educated people not only live shorter lives, their healthy life expectancy is shorter too. On average, men with only primary education enjoy no more than 50 years in good health, whereas well-educated men have a healthy life expectancy of 69 years.
In 2007, 164 people were murdered in the Netherlands, five more than in 2006. This has put a stop to the recent decrease in the annual number of murder victims.
High blood pressure and migraine were the most common chronic disorders in the Netherlands in 2007.
Breast cancer mortality declined further in 2007. For the first time, breast cancer claimed fewer victims among women than lung cancer.
A majority in the Dutch population evaluate their own health as ranging from good to excellent. Nearly one in five individuals evaluate their own state of health as rather poor.
Around 1 in 20 people in the Netherlands used cannabis in 2007. Men are more likely to use cannabis than women. The use of cannabis is especially high among men in their twenties.
The number of people in the Netherlands receiving care financed under the exceptional medical expenses act (AWBZ) who paid a contribution towards this has remained fairly constant in the period 2004-2006.
Since the turn of the century the number of smokers of cigarettes and roll-ups in the Netherlands has fallen by 17 percent. Sales of cigarettes and shag tobacco are around 20 percent lower than in 2000.
According to Statistics Netherlands’ new statistics on care institutions, the composition of the workforce in care differs between the various care sectors.
The drowning rate is higher among children from non-western countries who recently immigrated to the Netherlands than among native Dutch children.
In 2006 more 55 to 80-year-olds living on long-term low incomes consulted medical specialists and physiotherapists than people in the same age category with incomes above the low-income threshold.
In 2007, total spending on care, i.e. health care plus welfare services, amounted to 74 billion euro, a 5.1 percent increase relative to 2006.
240 thousand people had not paid for their medical insurance at the end of 2007, 26 percent more than at the end of 2006.
Last year, 791 people were killed on Dutch roads.
Between 2000 and 2005, mortality among stroke and prostate cancer patients within one year after their first hospital admission dropped by more than 25 and 21 percent respectively. The mortality rate for various other life-threatening diseases also dropped.
In recent years, the Dutch have adopted a more healthy lifestyle. The percentage of smokers and heavy drinkers has marginally declined.
Twelve per 10 thousand inhabitants were admitted to hospital as a result of an acute heart infarct in the Netherlands in 2005. This number is nearly one third down on 1995.
The volume of care provided to the elderly is growing faster than the number of patients. As a result, the volume of care per old person is increasing.