Total care bill reached over €5,600 per person in 2015

19th May 2016, Comments 0 comments

Healthcare costs in the Netherlands reached a dazzling €5,628 per person last year, according to new figures from the national statistics office CBS.

The total healthcare bill reached €95bn in 2015, a rise of 0.8% on 2014. Spending on care has now risen below the increase in economic growth for three years in a row.

The rise was kept low by cuts in spending on care of the elderly, youth social work and local welfare projects, the CBS said.

Some 25% of total spending went to hospitals and specialist care, a rise of 1.5% on 2014. Spending on medicines rose 3% to €5.4bn. The bill for asylum seeker care doubled to €900m, due to the sharp rise in numbers.

Spending on care services accounted for 14% of GDP.

 

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