In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport defines policies that aim to ensure the well-being of the population. In 2006, a structural health care reform was implemented. The reform introduced a single compulsory insurance scheme, in which multiple private health insurers compete for insured persons. A new collaboration between WHO/Europe and partners will soon produce an online resource containing knowledge about health information, monitoring and reporting, and bringing together relevant databases, projects and expert networks in the European Region.

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WHO welcomes Utrecht into the Healthy Cities Network

Installation of over 30 water taps around the city; community vegetable gardens; environmentally friendly scooters; and the construction of the world’s largest indoor bicycle park, housing up to 12 500 bicycles – these are just a few of the initiatives taken by the city of Utrecht, the Netherlands, to improve the health of its citizens.

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Ministry of health

Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
PO Box 20350
Rijnstraat 50
The Hague 2500 EJ
Tel.: +31 70 340 79 11
Fax: +31 70 340 5079