The prospects for future public health in the Netherlands are good. Our life expectancy is steadily increasing, and most people feel healthy and do not experience activity limitations. Nevertheless, we face some major future challenges. Those are some conclusions of the Public Health Foresight study 2018 as published last June. The Public Health Foresight study is now available in English.

The Public Health Foresight study 2018 shows how our public health and health care sector will develop over the coming 25 years if we, as a society, do not take any extra measures. It also describes the societal challenges for public health we will be facing and how we can deal with them.

The Public Health Foresight study is published once every four years at the request of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. Through this study, RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment contributes to public health policy in the Netherlands. The Public Health Foresight study 2018 can be accessed at www.vtv2018.nl/en.