The average life expectancy of people living in households with incomes below the poverty line is approximately 5 years shorter than the life expectancy of higher incomes. The healthy life expectancy of higher incomes is no less than 14 years longer.
People with a healthy lifestyle are happier and more satisfied about their lives than others.
Tthere were 304 thousand people who defaulted on the Dutch health insurance payments on 1 September 2009.
This paper on lifestyle and well-being was written for the '3rd OECD World Forum' held in Busan, South Korea from 27-30 October 2009.
The financial position of care-providing institutions is often poor in comparison to educational institutions and commercial service providers. This situation has barely improved in recent years.
Chronic diseases are often accompanied by other long-lasting disorders, especially in older people. People with chronic arthritis nearly always suffer from at least one and often more than one other chronic diseases.
Obese and underweight persons are more often depressive than people in the normal body weight range.
In the period 2004-2005, perinatal mortality in children of people with a non-western background belonging to the first generation had grown by more than half compared to children of native Dutch parents. The highest perinatal and infant mortality rates were recorded among children of Antillean, Aruban and Surinamese mothers.
More women died from breast cancer in 2008 than in 2007. Breast cancer is indeed the most common cause of death among 35 to 55-year-old women.
In 2006, the Dutch cancer mortality rate was 187 in every 100 thousand, marginally above the average in the EU 27 of 175 per 100 thousand residents.
Life expectancy is increasing. This applies to both genders, but the extra lifetime is not always spent in good health.
More than six in ten people in the Netherlands live within 5 km from a hospital. The Randstad region has the highest hospital density.
Last year, 5.4 thousand persons in the Netherlands died a non-natural death. Non-natural death includes fatal accidents, suicide, murder and manslaughter. Most victims died in accidents.
Last year, 176 persons died as a result of murder or manslaughter, 12 more than in 2007. The increase entirely consists of men. The number of women killed as a result of murder or manslaughter has declined over the past three years.
A majority in the older population used medical aids in 2008. The proportion using aids increased over the period 2001–2005. Despite the fact that the Dutch population is ageing, the proportion did not increase further since 2005.
The introduction of the Social Support Act (Wmo) in 2007 has caused more institutions providing home and elderly care to sustain losses. This applies in particular to institutions providing home help.
The number of skin cancer-related hospital admissions is growing fast, in particular the number of treatments completed within one day. In the period 2003–2007, the number of skin cancer-related hospital admissions has more than doubled from 6,900 to 17,900.
Most people live in the vicinity of their GP, but the road distance to the nearest out-of-hours GP centre is longer, in particular for people living in rural areas. The GP rate in rural areas is much lower than in major cities
Last year, national spending on health care and welfare totalled 79 billion euro, a 6.2 percent increase on 2007.
At the end of 2008 show that by the end of last year, one million employees (18 percent) reported they were concerned about losing their jobs.
At the end of 2008, 280 thousand people in the Netherlands were defaulting on the payment of their health insurance premiums.
Last year, 750 people died on Dutch roads.
On 1 May last year, 171 thousand (1.0 percent) of Dutch residents had no health insurance.
More than 8 percent of people in the age category 50-80 who have a partner are in poor physical or mental health. This percentage is much lower than for divorced, widowed or never-married people in the same age category.
The proportion of diabetics in the Netherlands increased from nearly 3 percent in 2001/2002 to 4 percent in 2007/2008.
The lifestyle of the Dutch population hardly improved in terms of health last year. They did not make much progress with trying to smoke less, drink less, eat less and exercise more. The positive trend in smoking and exercise observed in recent years has been slowed down.
The number of hospital admissions for pneumonia or acute bronchitis has doubled in the period 1981–2005. New cases of pneumonia are predominantly found among over-65s, while new cases of acute bronchitis mainly concerns 0 to 1-year-olds.
In the period 1972-2006, the number of beds and patient days in general and university hospitals declined considerably. Simultaneously, the number of hospital admissions and treatment and nursing staff increased.
In the period 2005–2008, 29 percent of deliveries in the Netherlands occurred at home, as against 35 percent in the period 1997–2000.
Life expectancy in the Netherlands is increasing, but people also enjoy more years without physical limitations.
Last year, cancer mortality exceeded cardiovascular mortality for the first time. Cardiovascular mortality rate is declining much more rapidly than cancer mortality.
In the early 1980s, the technique of dental implantology was introduced into the Netherlands. Currently, over 800 thousand people aged 20 years and older (6.6 percent of the Dutch population) have at least one tooth implant.
More and more people in the Netherlands are making use of mental health care. The volume of mental health care rose by an average 6.4 percent per year from 2000 to 2007.