In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport defines policies that aim to ensure the well-being of the population. In 2006, a structural health care reform was implemented. The reform introduced a single compulsory insurance scheme, in which multiple private health insurers compete for insured persons. A new collaboration between WHO/Europe and partners will soon produce an online resource containing knowledge about health information, monitoring and reporting, and bringing together relevant databases, projects and expert networks in the European Region.

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Renate de Bie – a Dutch midwife shares her experiences of safe and peaceful home births

The Dutch tradition of giving women with low-risk pregnancies the right to choose where to give birth, including at home, is quite unique.

Ministry of health

Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
PO Box 20350
Rijnstraat 50
The Hague 2500 EJ
Tel.: +31 70 340 79 11
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Netherlands: partners in global health

Seeking an end to health inequalities