That is what the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) states. Healthcare now costs about 6,000 euros per Dutch person, in 2060 that will be about 16,000 euros.
By that time we will spend not 13 percent, but about a quarter of the total economy on healthcare. This is partly due to an aging population. “We will then have to use almost our entire prosperity growth for rising healthcare costs,” concludes the council.
Personnel from abroad
In order to allow more people to work in care and to limit staff shortages as much as possible, politicians could arrange for more people from abroad to come to the Netherlands to work in care here. Tax measures and a good work-home balance can also help make the profession more attractive.
The council warns that there is no longer any possibility of postponement on a few subjects. “So society must be prepared for increasing scarcity in care and the need for choices.”
The Council believes that there should be a ‘collective core’ of care that should continue in any case: long-term care for the elderly, youth care and mental health care. If care falls outside the scope of this, people should contribute more themselves.
‘Heavily below par’
Healthcare is about more than just money, the WRR also emphasizes. Due to the focus on the financial side, the quality and accessibility of, for example, youth care and mental health care have ‘gone severely below par’.
The Dutch Association of Hospitals does not agree with the WRR’s analysis. In the eyes of chairman Ad Melkert, the advice amounts to a call to cut spending, and he finds that disconcerting.