The Dutch healthcare system does not accomplish the fundamental goals of the WHO

Published in MEDISCH CONTACT 42 > “Dutch Healthcare Mediocre Performer in Modern Europe”

How does the Dutch healthcare system perform according to the framework from the WHO?

Framework WHO (2000) and Dashboard by @gijsvanloef

source: Framework

The WHO suggests three fundamental goals to be achieved by the Health System:  a. Improving Health, including improving the average health status and reducing health inequalities; b. Enhancing responsiveness to the expectations of the population, including respect for persons and client orientation; c. Fairness of financial contribution, i.e. every household pays a fair share of the total health bill and everyone is protected from financial risks. The measurement of performance relates goal attainment to the resources available.


figures @gijsvanloef, derived from: WHO (2000)

Performance of the Dutch healthcare system

Life expectancy improves, but medical performance is somewhat lagging compared to modern European countries – due to unrestrained commercial powers, albeit complex regulation – and social inequalities remain very large. Respect for persons is strained in different ways, although client orientation is good. Choice of provider is under attack and transparancy of medical markets is poor. Low income groups suffer increasingly from health costs, solidarity is under pressure. System costs are relatively high (partly due to elderly care), while overall quality is moderate. Overall, the Dutch healthcare system does not accomplish the fundamental goals of the WHO.

figures @gijsvanloef, derived from: OECD Health at a Glance 2007 – 2017

Published in Business Insider: Zo scoort het Nederlands zorgstelsel op 7 indicatoren

May 10th, 2018

This is a concluding blog based on 3 years of non-sponsored research done by the author of this website Gijs van Loef. Preceding blogs and publications on this website. In december 2017 a free webbinar was released “How Well Does The Dutch Healthcare System Perform?” including textual feedback from scientists and medical practitioners > How Well Does The Dutch Healthcare System Perform

Coming up: essay in a Medical Journal 

Deliberate Choice: Public Good or Marketplace


Which public tasks, (partly) funded by government taxes, should be executed by governmental agencies and which should be executed by business organizations? is the central theme of this book. A conceptual model, constructed of three perspectives, is presented.
1st – Public execution and the Free market are treated as counterparts, mixed combinations of Public assignment and Business execution exist in between. Six different types are described.
2nd – Human conduct, both in public and private activity, consists of five elements: Will, Capability (Resources, Knowledge), Thought, Activity, Legality.
3d – Public tasks are defined at four aggregate levels: individual rights, collective systems, national security and cultural heritage and international obligations, specially fostering sustainable development.
These are the three perspectives that are combined in the conceptual model.

Conceptual model copyright Uber Local care  092014