COVID-19 impact on public health

How many deaths are registered weekly in the Netherlands?

The weekly average in the Netherlands stands at 2,900 deaths. Excess deaths are possible during influenza season and during heatwaves. The total number of deaths in week 18 (ending 3 May) was 3,299. For figures on official COVID-19-related deaths, please visit the RIVM website. Read more

What is the number of deaths among people with long-term care?

In the first ten weeks of this year (up to and including 8 March), average mortality among people who received long-term care stood at around 1,160 per week. In week 15, this number was more than twice as high with around 2,400 deaths. With 1,400 deaths in week 18, mortality  was 21 percent up on the first ten weeks. This concerns people who were receiving care on the basis of the Long-term Care Act. These people live in a nursing home, care home or other care institution, or receive care at home.

What is the increase in employee sickness absence?

In Q1 2020, illness-related absenteeism among employees rose to 5.2 percent, the highest rate since Q1 2003. The increase occurred in virtually all sectors.

How many medical products are imported?

In Q1 2020, Dutch imports of medical goods amounted to 8.7 billion euros. This is 8 percent more than in the first three months of 2019. Pharmaceutical products (medicines) are relatively expensive compared to other medical products and therefore hold a substantial share in the total value of medical imports, namely 42 percent (3.6 billion euros). Read more

How many people are working in the care sector?

As of 2016, over 1.2 million people are working in the care and welfare sector.

How many healthcare professionals are out of work?

At the end of 2018, approximately 348 thousand qualified healthcare professionals were registered in the Dutch Healthcare Professionals Register (BIG-register). Of this group, 25.7 thousand (7.4 percent) were not working at that time due to retirement, benefits, occupational disability or lack of (registered) income. Some of those who are out of work will not be able to return to their former occupation. For example, approximately 10 percent of non-working doctors received disability benefits as their main source of income in 2018.

Which healthcare professionals are most likely to be out of work?

Of the non-working qualified healthcare professionals, 68 percent were nurses and 15 percent were doctors in 2018. This means that according to the Dutch Healthcare Professionals Register (BIG-register), 21.5 thousand of the 25.7 thousand non-working healthcare professionals were nurses or doctors. More than three-quarters of non-working nurses and more than half of non-working doctors are 55 years of age or older.

What is the average distance to the nearest GP and hospital?

In 2019, the average distance to the nearest GP was 1 km. The nearest hospital was on average 4.8 km away. There are large regional differences. For example, people in Baarn have to travel an average of 2 km to get to the nearest hospital, while the average distance for people on Terschelling is 63 km.

What is the difference in recent mortality between institutional and private households?

In week 14 (ending 5 April), mortality among people in institutional households was almost double the weekly average in the first ten weeks of this year, whereas it was 1.5 times higher than that average among members of private households. Institutional households include nursing and care homes, mental health institutions and institutions for the disabled, detention centres, and asylum reception centres. Read more

How many hospital beds are there in the Netherlands?

In 2018, there were 39,900 hospital beds available for clinical or outpatient treatment. These were beds at the general hospitals, university medical centres, specialist hospitals and rehabilitation centres. This figure does not include beds in psychiatric wards.
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