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.

Netherlands: partners in global health

Seeking an end to health inequalities