Growth in care and healthcare spending lowest in 15 years

14th May 2014, Comments 1 comment

Spending on care services rose 1.6 pc last year to EUR 94 billion, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday.

This is the lowest rise in 15 years and illustrates the impact of government policy, the CBS said in a statement.

Spending on care accounts for 15.6 percent of GDP or EUR 5,600 per head of the population.

The strongest rise – nearly 5 percent – was reported in spending on hospital and specialist medical services.

This is partly because hospitals now have to fund some expensive medication themselves, the CBS said.

By contrast, spending on drugs in pharmacies fell by almost 5 percent.

Spending on care of the elderly and disabled accounts for some 30 percent of the budget.

Spending on the elderly rose 2.4 percent and on the disabled 0.7 percent, the CBS said.

'Regulations have become stricter: rates were lowered, the room for expenditure growth is limited and the compensation for transport costs was lowered,' the organisation said.



1 Comment To This Article

  • HTD posted:

    on 15th May 2014, 13:27:53 - Reply

    Part of these lower healthcare expenses is due to the expanding list of pharmaceuticals that are no longer being covered by basic health insurance for medicines. It's easy for some officials to rule out various medicines, when they know that it's near to impossible to quantify the amount of extra suffering and damage to health that these cutbacks incur. However, I would argue that once again these types of cutbacks are falling mainly on the shoulders of the poor, handicapped, chronically ill and disabled, those least able to afford the extra costs that lifting their insurance coverage causes. They can only pay with extended pain and suffering or further damage to their bodies.
    The War on the Poor (not on Poverty) continues, thanks to the blind austerity cutbacks that continue to plague Dutch society.