Expats and internationals may complain about Dutch healthcare, but in global terms we are pretty lucky – at least that is how the Netherlands appears in various healthcare rankings.
In May 2017, the Lancet Magazine put the Netherlands in ninth place in a ranking of almost 200 countries. The ranking was compiled by looking at how likely you are to survive diseases, including tuberculosis, whooping cough and measles – 32 different ailments in total.
In early 2015, Sweden’s Health Consumer Powerhouse put the Dutch health service at the top of a ranking of 36 different European countries for the second year running. Why did the Dutch do well? Accessibility and the lack of government interference.
Then again, research by the Commonwealth Fund think-tank in America put the Netherlands at the top of a list of 11 western countries in terms of its healthcare system. That research was published at the end of 2016.