Cabinet focuses on prevention and more intensive collaboration within healthcare | News item

News item | 20-09-2022 | 15:15

Good health is important for everyone. We want care that suits us, when we need it. However, the demand for care is increasing and the labor market is tight. The government wants to keep healthcare accessible and affordable now and in the future. That is why agreements have been made for better cooperation with healthcare parties and municipalities. Prevention is an important part of this to improve the physical and mental health of the Dutch. In 2023, €6 billion more will be spent on healthcare than in 2022. This brings total expenditure to €103 billion.

Broad healthcare package

In 2023, an extra €280 million will go to care and support for the elderly. More than €300 million has also been reserved in the context of the Integrated Care Agreement for, among other things, stimulating cooperation within curative care, in order to be able to continue to provide appropriate care to patients and clients. In addition, € 90 million is available for the promotion of mental and physical health and prevention. €200 million has been reserved for strengthening pandemic preparedness, in order to maintain a good overview of (potential) pandemics. The cabinet also announces that from 2024 € 15.4 million will be made available to make the vaccination for babies against the Rota virus part of the National Immunization Programme.

health insurance premium

The costs of healthcare will rise in 2023 due to an increase in healthcare demand, high inflation and wage increases. The cabinet, in collaboration with the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa), will ensure that these effects are compensated for healthcare institutions, so that there is no effect on the accessibility of healthcare. In 2023, the government expects an increase in the premium of the basic insurance by approximately € 11 per month. This brings the healthcare premium to a total of approximately €137 per month. The health insurers will determine their premium by November 2022 at the latest. The maximum health care allowance increases to € 154 per month. The health care allowance is rising to compensate for the higher health care costs for the low and middle incomes, but also because the government is increasing the health care allowance extra once to improve general purchasing power. The deductible remains frozen at € 385 per year.

Collaboration within healthcare

The good, accessible and affordable care that is available to everyone in the Netherlands is under pressure. Our healthcare professionals are well trained, knowledgeable and motivated. But they work under increasingly harsh conditions. This became even more clear during the corona crisis. The workload is high and healthcare professionals have to deal with a lot of red tape. Cooperation between healthcare parties is therefore necessary. As well as the cooperation between healthcare parties and municipalities. Sometimes a referral to the social domain is better, for example if a complaint has a different cause than a medical one. In order to keep healthcare accessible, high-quality and affordable for everyone in the Netherlands in all parts of the country, the government recently concluded the Integrated Healthcare Agreement with the healthcare sector. In 2023, the government will allocate more than €300 million for this, which will be spent, among other things, on cooperation between the various care domains, such as general practitioner care, mental health care, municipalities and hospitals. The degree of organization within basic care will also be strengthened.

Healthy living

In addition to strengthening cooperation in healthcare, a greater focus on health and prevention is of great importance. The government is therefore fully committed to a healthy, fit and resilient Netherlands by encouraging a healthy lifestyle in a healthy living environment. This is where the prevention of many health problems starts. Sports and exercise are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. That is why it is necessary that more Dutch people comply with the exercise guidelines. To achieve this, the Movement Alliance will be expanded further in 2023, the Sports Agreement will be continued and the local coalitions will be broadened with the theme ‘Movement’. Within the framework of the National Prevention Agreement, many social partners are already working hard on a healthy generation in 2040, aimed at smoking cessation, reducing problematic alcohol use and combating obesity. In addition, the government is also actively promoting the mental well-being of young people and young adults in particular, by increasing mental resilience and reducing risks that can contribute to poor mental health.

Future-proof elderly care

We also face a major social task with regard to care for the elderly. The elderly of today are not the elderly of fifty years ago. They have different wishes regarding how they want to live. The number of elderly people is also increasing, but the number of people in care is not. That is why we also have to organize healthcare differently here. The new standard is: even if possible; at home if possible; digital if possible. From the Housing, Support and Care for the Elderly (WOZO) program, the cabinet will allocate €280 million in 2023, including €80 million to encourage older people who wish to continue living in their familiar environment for longer. The national government and municipalities are also working together to support residents in their self-reliance and participation. To this end, it is necessary to improve and renew the implementation practice of the Social Support Act 2015. Among other things, by strengthening low-threshold facilities and informal care, so that support can be organized in the residential and living environment of clients.

Pandemic Preparedness

In 2023, the government will allocate €200 million to strengthening our pandemic preparedness. For example, knowledge and innovation programs will be set up in the field of virus spread and ventilation, and more effective monitoring and surveillance is being developed to keep a good overview of (potential) pandemics. Investments are made in a strengthening program for the GGDs, the ICT infrastructure in public health care and in knowledge, training and a cycle of learning and improvement in long-term care institutions. The National Functionality Infectious Disease Control (LFI) will also be operational from 2023, which will take on the coordinating role in the implementation of the control in the event of a (next) pandemic. In addition, there will be 800 places for the Basic Acute Care training.

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