Publications in 2012

  • Gateway monitoring Basic care as the link between people, care and society

    13 December 2012 - Advice

    Summary Effective basic care is important for making care accessible, affordable and good-quality. However, the associated first-line health and welfare facilities are coming under increasing pressure. The number of people with a chronic illness is growing and care issues are becoming ever more complex. Many of the health problems people experience are not isolated but are tied to behaviour or to social or other environmental factors such as family, relationships, work, income and housing. In this recommendation, these multi-faceted problems serve as a lens for the approach taken by basic care. Good examples demonstrate that much personal and social damage (both short and long-term) can be prevented by structuring care to cater for multi-faceted problems. The core policy question addressed in this recommendation is: How should we rearrange things at the ‘gateway’ to healthcare in order to improve accessibility, clarity of problems and the available care options where multi-faceted problems are involved? Read more >

  • Offending and mental illness Forensic and compulsory mental healthcare form a chain

    31 July 2012 - Advice

    The Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport and the State Secretary for Security and Justice have asked the Council for Public Health and Care (RVZ) what is required for the successful introduction of the Forensic Care Act (Wfz) and the Mandatory Mental Healthcare Act (WvGGZ), which are together designed to improve the alignment of forensic and regular mental healthcare. This would benefit patients and offenders as well as society itself, as effective, coordinated care can reduce recidivism, thus helping to make society safer. Read more >

  • Self-sufficiency in old age Care for dependent elderly people requires precautionary measures by everyone

    19 July 2012 - Advice

    What measures are needed in order to guarantee proper care and a good quality of life for care-dependent elderly people in the future? That is the question at the heart of this Council for Public Health and Care recommendation. The Council understands the term ‘care-dependent elderly people’ to refer to ‘elderly people who are unable to independently take care of the essential aspects of their lives, namely care, accommodation and well-being’. It is the Council’s aim to ensure that future care for the elderly is organised such that people enjoy better health in their later years, with a good quality of life and in their desired living environment. Collective care must therefore focus on care-dependent elderly people. Read more >

  • Preventing disease of affluence: a summary Effectively and efficiently organised

    5 April 2012 - Advice

    Diseases of affluence, or loss of health due to lifestyle habits associated with modern affluent society, usually feature far less in prevention policy compared with infectious diseases and accidents. This is disproportionate to the degree of widespread illness they cause; improved lifestyle habits could increase not only life expectancy, but also the number of healthy years and years free of disability/chronic conditions. Right now we are seeing a (sometimes significantly) increase of life expectancy without a corresponding increase in the number of years free of disability/chronic disease. Within the context of increasing demand for care, prevention offers major societal advantages in terms of both paid and unpaid productivity and participation. Prevention is one possible solution to rising healthcare costs and the looming and imminent difficulties in the labour market. Read more >

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