NETHERLANDS - Medical Device Industry and Demographic Data

Shown below you will find some basic demographic and economic data on The Netherlands, plus information specific to the medical device and healthcare industry.

Capital city: Amsterdam

Total area: 41 864 km²

Population of The Netherlands: 16.7 million

Currency: Euro

Language: Dutch

Structure of Dutch population:
0-14 years: 18%
15-64 years: 67%
65 years and over: 16% (2011 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
Male: 78 years
Female: 83 years

Healthcare expenditures total (% of GDP): 12%

Healthcare expenditures per capita: $5751 (USD)

Expenditures on healthcare:
Government: 79%*
Private: 21%**

Number of hospitals: 190 (2007 data)

Healthcare financing: Hospital payment scheme is based on Diagnosis Treatment Combinations (DBC). A DBC is an administrative code which combines diagnosis, treatment and all the related costs. A DBC therefore includes all treatments per diagnosis, from the first visit to the last check-up. Physicians are employed by the hospital. General practitioners are paid on a per-person basis for patients insured under the Sickness Fund Act and on a fee-for-service basis for privately insured patients.

Netherlands medical device industry: The Netherlands is a mid-sized consumer of medical devices and disposables and its consumption accounts for about 2 % (€656 million in 2005) of total EU consumption (€27 billion). Dutch healthcare expenditure is the forth highest in the EU. However, in recent years the consumption has decreased at average annual rate of 12 %, whereas the production has increased at average of 5 % per year. Dutch imports have increasing trend and in 2002 -2006 they grew by 22 %. The Dutch market is characterized by small independent manufacturers and multinational corporations (for example Philips Medical). There are more than 500 medical technology companies and over 35 specialized research companies active in the development and manufacturing of medical instruments and systems, disposables and supplies. Opportunity: Hospitals are actively trying to reduce the length of hospital stays and supporting homecare patient treatment. Threat: The new healthcare system led to excluding some services from the basic reimbursement package which has influenced the demand for specific products.

* Government expenditures include all spending on healthcare passed through governmental agencies regardless of the funding source. Source: World Health Organization global health expenditure database. 2010 data.
** Private healthcare expenditures include private medical insurance, direct out-of-pocket payments by the consumer and other non-governmental sources. Source: World Health Organization global health expenditure database. 2010 data.