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Netherlands

Netherlands Health Stats

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Netherlands is extraordinary in several aspects of its health care: firstly, its health care system is rated as both high-quality and efficient, lumped together with top-tiers, such as Belgium and France, but managing it at noticeably smaller costs, dedicating just 8.8% of its GDP towards health expenses, compared to Belgians’ 9.1% and French 9.7%. Secondly, strict regulations of antibiotic use make the Netherlands the country with by far the smallest prevalence of infections with microorganisms, resistant to antibiotic. Thirdly, the Dutch are famous for legalizing prostitution and cannabis use, which not only helps prevent most tragedies associated with these activities - human trafficking, drug abuse, and violence associated with both - but also contributes to national treasury in the form of taxes. And lastly, the Netherlands were the first in the developed world promoting childbirth at home, attended by a specialized nurse in place of an obstetrician. This favoring of natural birth might also be the reason, why the Netherlands have such a low rate of birth by caesarian section: 129 per 1.000 live births in 2000 (compared to 211 in United States and 170 in United Kingdom). It is strange then, considering all the qualities mentioned above, that the Dutch are surprisingly unsatisfied with their health care system or at least its cost-efficiency, rating it at the 18th place in European Union in 2014.

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STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Birth rate > Crude > Per 1,000 people 11.6 per 1,000 people 2005 143th out of 181
Births and maternity > Average age of mother at childbirth 30.7 2010 11th out of 62
Births and maternity > Future births 161.02 2100 85th out of 196
Births and maternity > Total fertility rate 1.9% 2100 67th out of 196
Hospital beds > Per 1,000 people 4.7 per 1,000 people 2001 30th out of 61
Human height > Average female height 1.699 m (5 ft 7 in) 2010
Human height > Average male height 1.832 m (6 ft 0 in) 2010
Life expectancy > Men 79 years 2013 14th out of 99
Life expectancy at birth, female > Years 83.1 2011 26th out of 196
Life expectancy at birth, total > Years 81.2 2011 16th out of 196
Physicians > Per 1,000 people 3.1 per 1,000 people 2003 24th out of 53
Probability of not reaching 60 9.2% 2050 40th out of 48
Probability of reaching 65 > Male 82.7% 2050 8th out of 159
Quality of health care system > Cost 50 2014 38th out of 46
Quality of health care system > Health care system index 65.62 2014 25th out of 46

SOURCES: World Development Indicators database; United Nations Population Division. Source tables; United Nations Population Division. Source tables; United Nations Population Division. Source tables; Wikipedia: Human height (Average height around the world); British Broadcasting Corporation 2014; (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; Derived from male and female life expectancy at birth from sources such as: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; calculated on the basis of survival data from UN (United Nations). 2001. World Population Prospects 1950-2050: The 2000 Revision. Database. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. New York; UN (United Nations). 2001. World Population Prospects 1950-2050: The 2000 Revision. Database. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. New York; health care

Citation

"Netherlands Health Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Netherlands/Health

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Netherlands is extraordinary in several aspects of its health care: firstly, its health care system is rated as both high-quality and efficient, lumped together with top-tiers, such as Belgium and France, but managing it at noticeably smaller costs, dedicating just 8.8% of its GDP towards health expenses, compared to Belgians’ 9.1% and French 9.7%. Secondly, strict regulations of antibiotic use make the Netherlands the country with by far the smallest prevalence of infections with microorganisms, resistant to antibiotic. Thirdly, the Dutch are famous for legalizing prostitution and cannabis use, which not only helps prevent most tragedies associated with these activities - human trafficking, drug abuse, and violence associated with both - but also contributes to national treasury in the form of taxes. And lastly, the Netherlands were the first in the developed world promoting childbirth at home, attended by a specialized nurse in place of an obstetrician. This favoring of natural birth might also be the reason, why the Netherlands have such a low rate of birth by caesarian section: 129 per 1.000 live births in 2000 (compared to 211 in United States and 170 in United Kingdom). It is strange then, considering all the qualities mentioned above, that the Dutch are surprisingly unsatisfied with their health care system or at least its cost-efficiency, rating it at the 18th place in European Union in 2014.

Posted on 14 Apr 2014

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Posted on 26 May 2009

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