The Dutch health and care system faces various challenges. The number of people with a chronic condition will increase while the Dutch population will further age. Without a change in policy, The Netherlands will experience an even greater lack of people and resources.
Global Societal Challenges
The Dutch Life Sciences & Health (LSH) sector is one of ten “top sectors” in the Netherlands and part of the Dutch government’s Mission-driven Top Sectors and Innovation Policy. The top sectors are designated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and are selected on their ability to contribute substantially to global societal challenges.
Knowledge and Innovation Agenda Health & Care 2020-2023
In that light, the Dutch government has developed the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda, in which the problems and possible solutions for a healthier life though prevention are stated. The main goal within the LSH theme is to make sure Dutch citizens live five extra years in good health. Also they strive for 30% less difference in health status between high and low socio-economic classes. The document was formulated by the Top Sector Life Sciences & Health on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
Role of the institute 4 Preventive Health
The Institute 4 Preventive Health supports the central mission of the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda. The mission translates into a number of concrete goals for disease prevention. i4PH is working on the following three:
- That, by 2040, there will be 30% less disease in the Netherlands caused by unhealthy lifestyles and living environments.
- That, by 2030, 50% more (or more often) care will be organised in people’s own environments (instead of in healthcare institutions), and this care will be incorporated into their existing support networks.
- That, by 2030, 25% of people with a chronic disease or life-limiting disability will be able to participate in society as much as they wish and are able.