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The Netherlands is known for its scientific innovations. The Dutch invented the microscope, developed the first artificial kidney and discovered immune therapy. Yet, we face the same global challenges as many other developed countries. Challenges caused by a rise in chronic conditions due to an ageing population, unhealthy lifestyles and obesity. This correlates with an increase in healthcare expenditure.

Yet, the Dutch consistently score high in international health and happiness surveys. In the Euro Health Consumer Index, the Netherlands is second highest. This measures the consumer friendliness of healthcare services. The range and reach of health services combined with a high degree of patient rights have placed the Netherlands in the top three since 2005. Young people in the Netherlands also feature among the happiest and healthiest of European countries, according to a World Health Organization study.

In 2019, the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport drew up a central mission to ensure by 2040 that all residents of the Netherlands enjoy a healthy life, live 5 years longer, and that health differences between the lowest and highest socio-economic groups are reduced by 30 percent.

Dutch healthcare institutions, governmental authorities and companies have set out agreements for a healthy future in the Green Deal on Sustainable Healthcare. The aim is to ensure that healthcare benefits people, the planet and society in general.