The Netherlands

Johannes Maarse, Maria Jansen, M. Jambroes, Dirk Ruwaard

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The Netherlands has a complex and diverse system of public health services. For a long period of time its focus was mainly on health protection. The purpose of public intervention was to protect the population against infectious diseases and other exogenous health hazards, such as poor working and living conditions. Health promotion by public campaigns and other programmes to promote healthy lifestyles has become part of public health policy-making only since the 1980s.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganization and financing of public health services in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationCountry Reports
EditorsBernd Rechel, Anna Maresso, Anna Sagan, Christina Hernández-Quevedo, Gemma Williams, Erica Richardson, Elke Jakubowski, Ellen Nolte
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Maarse, J., Jansen, M., Jambroes, M., & Ruwaard, D. (2018). The Netherlands. In B. Rechel, A. Maresso, A. Sagan, C. Hernández-Quevedo, G. Williams, E. Richardson, E. Jakubowski, & E. Nolte (Eds.), Organization and financing of public health services in Europe: Country Reports (49 ed., pp. 81-94)