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Health on Course? The 2002 Dutch Public Health Status and Forecasts Report

Gezondheid op Koers? Volksgezondheid Toekomst Verkenning 2002

Synopsis

The third Dutch Public Health Status and Forecasts (PHSF) report once again contains a large amount of up-todate information about public health status, prevention and healthcare in the Netherlands. International comparisons and regional comparisons within the Netherlands are presented as well. Dutch life expectancy has increased over the past decades, but less quickly than in most other EU countries. Unhealthy behaviour is the major cause underlying this stagnation. A new, powerful, approach to prevention may turn the tide, however. Besides the need for strengthening prevention the future will bring a demand for more care, caused by ageing and population growth. In addition a further shift from cure to care will be necessary. Not only more healthcare will be needed, but also good quality care: effective, safe and accessible to all. The 2002 PHSF report aims to be an important source of information for the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), but also for local governments, other ministries and many players in the field of Dutch public health and healthcare. Besides the 3Health on course' summary report, our PHSF activities also include publishing a series of 3theme' reports, about various public health topics, such as 3Health in the larger cities', and 3Cost of Illness in the Netherlands'. Finally, three websites are part of our PHSF activities: The National Compass for Public Health and Healthcare (www.nationaalkompas.nl), the National Atlas for Public Health and Healthcare (www.zorgatlas.nl) and a Cost of Illness website (www.costofillness.nl).
 

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