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Netherlands

Netherlands Health Stats

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Author: chris.lockyer781

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.

Definitions

  • Birth rate > Crude > Per 1,000 people: Crude birth rate indicates the number of live births occurring during the year, per 1,000 population estimated at midyear. Subtracting the crude death rate from the crude birth rate provides the rate of natural increase, which is equal to the population growth rate in the absence of migration.
  • Births and maternity > Average age of mother at childbirth: Average age of mother at first childbirth.
  • Births and maternity > Future births: Mid-range estimate for country's population increase due to births from five years prior to the given year. For example, from 2095 to 2100, India's population is expected to rise by 16,181 people due to births. Estimates are from the UN Population Division.
  • Births and maternity > Total fertility rate: Total fertility rate.
  • Hospital beds > Per 1,000 people: Hospital beds include inpatient beds available in public, private, general, and specialized hospitals and rehabilitation centers. In most cases beds for both acute and chronic care are included.
  • Human height > Average female height: Average female height.
  • Human height > Average male height: Average male height.
  • Life expectancy > Men: Life expectancy for men.
  • Life expectancy at birth, total > Years: Life expectancy at birth, total (years). Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
  • Obesity: Percentage of total population who have a BMI (body mass index) greater than 30 Kg/sq.meters (Data for Australia, Austria and Portugal is from 2002. All other data is from 2003). Obesity rates are defined as the percentage of the population with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30. The BMI is a single number that evaluates an individual's weight status in relation to height (weight/height2, with weight in kilograms and height in metres). For Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, figures are based on health examinations, rather than self-reported information. Obesity estimates derived from health examinations are generally higher and more reliable than those coming from self-reports, because they preclude any misreporting of people's height and weight. However, health examinations are only conducted regularly in a few countries (OECD).
  • Physicians > Per 1,000 people: Physicians are defined as graduates of any facility or school of medicine who are working in the country in any medical field (practice, teaching, research).
  • Probability of not reaching 60: Probability at birth of not reaching the age of 40.
  • Probability of reaching 65 > Male: Probability at birth of reaching the age of 65.
  • Quality of health care system > Cost: Cost to you. Based on 0-50 contributions for Albania, Argentina, Austria and 69 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Germany and 7 more countries and over 100 contributions for Canada, India, United Kingdom and 1 more country. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from October, 2010 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "Cost to you". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Quality of health care system > Health care system index: Health Care Index is an estimation of the overall quality of the health care system, health care professionals, equipment, staff, doctors, cost, etc.
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, total > Years 81.2 2011 16th out of 196
Obesity 10% 2003 20th out of 29
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; 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.; OECD Health Data 2005; 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 ranked second for health expenditure per capita > current US$ amongst Heavily indebted countries in 2011.
  • Netherlands ranked #5 for life expectancy at birth, male > years amongst European Union in 2011.

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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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