Approximately 9 in 10 adults in the Netherlands feel happy. This applies in particular to people living together with a partner.
In the period 2002-2011, a total of 862 children in the age category 0-14 died from cancer. Two thirds of them died from brain tumours or leukaemia. The childhood cancer mortality rate in the Netherlands is the same as the EU average, but marginally higher than in the neighbouring countries.
The average weight of Dutch men and women has increased more rapidly over the past two decades than their average length. As a result, the number of overweight people has grown significantly.
These are just some findings in the book Food for thought: dietary and health trends in the Netherlands, published today.
Men and women from high-income households on average live about 8 and 7 years longer respectively than their counterparts in low-income households. The difference with respect to the number of years lived in good health is even higher, i.e. nearly 18 years for both genders.
There were 165 victims of murder and manslaughter in the Netherlands in 2011. That is 7 more than in 2010.
Statistics Netherlands has calculated The Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios (HSMRs) for Dutch hospitals for the period 2009-2011. This report describes the methods that were used.
The revenues of Dutch care institutions did not grow as fast in 2010 and 2011 as in the previous three years. At the same time the care institutions were able to prevent costs from rising.
Profits of independently practising medical specialists in the Netherlands rose by an average 8.3 percent annually in the period 2001 to 2009. Independent general practitioners and dentists realised 5.6 and 4.4 percent more profit per year on average.
Dutch residents are in general happy with their GP. The average mark older people and people in good health give their GP on a scale from one to ten is 6 or higher. Overall, people are also positive about other care providers - medical specialists, dentists and physiotherapists. Their average mark ranged between 7.5 and 7.9.
The life expectancy for 65-year-olds has risen over the past three decades. They live longer and the period, during which they define their health as good after reaching the age of 65 is also longer. The number of years spent without physical limitations is increasing. On the other hand, the period they have to deal with physical limitations is longer too.
The costs of long-term care provided under the Exceptional Medical Expenses Act (AWBZ) have risen continually in recent years but revenues fell short. The deficit amounted to 3.3 billion euro in 2011. For the third consecutive year the deficit exceeded 3 billion euro.
Last year, 1,647 Dutch residents committed suicide, an increase by 47 relative to 2010.
Last year, 48 percent of employees in the health care sector had to cope with workplace aggression, versus 33 percent of all employees.
Nearly six in every ten deaths in 2010 involved medical end-of-life decisions. In 2.8 percent of cases, euthanasia was carried out.
Over the past three decades, the proportion of overweight people in the Netherlands has grown among adults as well as among 4 to 20-year-olds.
More than one quarter of over-75s have serious problems with one or more daily activities, e.g. go up and down the stairs or getting (un)dressed. These problems are more frequent among women than among men. Chronic disorders are also more often found in the older population.
People who have accepted a job are more often satisfied than they were in the years prior to employment. The same applies people in their first years of retirement.
In 2011, spending on health car and welfare in the Netherlands amounted to 90.0 billion euro. This is 3.2 percent more than in 2010.
In 1995, more men than women were admitted to hospital for chronic pulmonary diseases. Subsequently, the gender gap gradually narrowed and has currently disappeared altogether. COPD typically manifests itself later in life among heavy (ex-)smokers.
Last year, 661 people died in road accidents in the Netherlands, i.e. a 3.3 percent increase from 2010 with 640 fatal accidents. The death toll was particularly high among older cyclists.
Over half of the adult population in the Netherlands indicate they are prepared to donate their organs after death. Nearly two thirds would like to receive an organ, when in need of a transplant.
On an average day in 2010, nearly half of over-75s were housebound. Physical limitations in particular prevented them from leaving the house.
This report describes the work carried out in the Netherlands Pilot Project on Morbidity Statistics, co-funded by Eurostat. The project was carried out by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The aim of this pilot was to test the feasibility of the methodological approach for producing diagnosis-specific morbidity statistics required for the ESS (under Regulation (EC) 1338/2008) in the Netherlands.