Address: Parnassusplein 5, 2511 VX The Hague, the Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)70 340 79 11
‘Caring for people in a healthy society’ – this is the motto of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. Caring for the old and the young and for people with physical or mental disabilities. The Ministry’s 5000 civil servants develop policy on health care, social support and sport.
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The Ministry encourages people to live healthily, exercise more, smoke less, drink moderately, have safe sex and adopt a healthy diet. People with health problems should be able to consult their GP, a hospital, or other care providers as whenever needed. They have the right to health care. Together with health insurers, care providers, and patients’ organisations, the Ministry ensures that enough services are available and people have enough choice.
Although the Netherlands is a wealthy country, some of its inhabitants see little of that wealth. Lacking economic independence, they cannot fully participate in society. To improve their position, the Ministry is working with the Ministries of economics, education and housing to strengthen social infrastructure. Important areas of social policy are voluntary work, youth and child care.
Sport is good for our health, personal development and social life. The Ministry strives to enable everyone to engage in sport. It also finances top-level sport, enabling the Netherlands to compete at an international level.