Healthcare costs 15% of GDP
Spending on health and other care services accounts for 14.9% of Dutch gross domestic product, according to calculations by the Paris-based OECD and national statistics office CBS and quoted by the Volkskrant.
This is a higher ratio than any other of the 34 OECD countries, the Volkskrant said.
Over the past 10 years, total spending on healthcare has gone up 71.4%, the figures show. In 2001, total spending on care services was €52.5bn. That figure reached €90bn last year – equivalent to €5,392 per head of the population.
Traditional healthcare accounts for 11.9% of GDP, with nursing homes and home services accounting for a further 3%, the paper said.
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