In The Netherlands there are living more than 1 million internationals. They are from almost 200 different nations worldwide. Most of them depend on Dutch Healthcare.
The International Board of Healthcare for internationals (H4i) decided to investigate the experiences of internationals with Dutch healthcare. Previous surveys were only in English, but the board is now seeking input from those internationals, who are not proficient in English.
Una Daly, member of the H4i International Board explains: “We felt that it was important to reach people who might not feel comfortable or even capable of communicating in English. There are many languages spoken here in The Netherlands and we feel that it is important to hear as many views as possible.”
Healthcare in The Netherlands obtains high scores in international ranking but this doesn’t mean that in various fields, especially when it concerns different target groups, there is no room for improvement on one side and on the other side the identified positive aspects can be distributed over a larger stretch.
Una adds: “We know that there are areas of concern in healthcare within the international community, we feel it’s important to identify what the exact issues are. We can only find this out by asking directly.”
The H4i International Board
The international Board of H4i represents the International Community across The Netherlands. Currently it has 12 international members, who reside across The Netherlands. It promotes and fosters an open and clear communication channel between internationals and the Healthcare providers constituting the H4i Network. The aim of the International Board is to make sure the needs and expectations of Internationals are heard, and met to the best possible extent.
Healthcare for internationals
The network Healthcare for internationals (h4i) is a network of healthcare providers across the Netherlands that aim to have Dutch healthcare meet the needs of internationals as well as possible.
Initiator of the platform health care for internationals Mr Frijling enhances: “The International Board of the platform of H4i adds a lot of value by actively taking steps to help improve health care in The Netherlands. It was their idea to create the survey in different languages.”
The Survey Healthcare in The Netherlands is now available in Arabic, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French and English. Polish will soon follow