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Kok L.,University of Amsterdam | Berden C.,University of Amsterdam | Sadiraj K.,The Netherlands Institute for Social Research SCP
European Journal of Health Economics | Year: 2014

A comparison of the costs of residential care and home care shows that the former is more expensive for society. However, elderly people seem to be happier in residential care. All stakeholders, except the state (and thus the taxpayer), benefit if elderly people enter residential care. This reveals that payment systems in the Netherlands contain adverse incentives stimulating entry into residential care. The research is based on surveys of older people in the Netherlands living at home and those living in residential care homes in the period 2007-2009. Propensity score matching is used to match people living at home with those living in residential care. All costs of living and health care are compared for these two groups. © 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Source


Eggink E.,The Netherlands Institute for Social Research SCP | Woittiez I.,The Netherlands Institute for Social Research SCP | Ras M.,The Netherlands Institute for Social Research SCP
European Journal of Health Economics | Year: 2016

This paper describes a model suitable for forecasting the use of publicly funded long-term elderly care, taking into account both ageing and changes in the health status of the population. In addition, the impact of socioeconomic factors on care use is included in the forecasts. The model is also suitable for the simulation of possible implications of some specific policy measures. The model is a static micro-simulation model, consisting of an explanatory model and a population model. The explanatory model statistically relates care use to individual characteristics. The population model mimics the composition of the population at future points in time. The forecasts of care use are driven by changes in the composition of the population in terms of relevant characteristics instead of dynamics at the individual level. The results show that a further 37 % increase in the use of elderly care (from 7 to 9 % of the Dutch 30-plus population) between 2008 and 2030 can be expected due to a further ageing of the population. However, the use of care is expected to increase less than if it were based on the increasing number of elderly only (+70 %), due to decreasing disability levels and increasing levels of education. As an application of the model, we simulated the effects of restricting access to residential care to elderly people with severe physical disabilities. The result was a lower growth of residential care use (32 % instead of 57 %), but a somewhat faster growth in the use of home care (35 % instead of 32 %). © 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Source


Kik S.V.,KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation | Kik S.V.,University of Amsterdam | Mensen M.,Municipal Health Service | Beltman M.,KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation | And 9 more authors.
International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease | Year: 2011

SETTING: Two thirds of tuberculosis (TB) patients in the Netherlands are foreign-born. OBJECTIVE: To determine if travelling to the country of origin is a risk factor for TB among two different immigrant groups that have lived in the Netherlands for at least 2 years. DESIGN: In this unmatched case-control study, the frequency and duration of travel to the country of origin in the preceding 12 months were compared between adult Moroccan and Turkish TB patients and community controls. RESULTS: Moroccan patients had travelled more often (26/32 = 81%) in the preceding year than Moroccan controls (472/816 = 58%). The travel-associated odds ratio (OR) for TB among Moroccans was 3.2 (95%CI 1.3-7.7), and increased to 17.2 (95%CI 3.7-79) when the cumulative duration of travel exceeded 3 months. The corresponding population fraction of Moroccan TB cases attributable to recent travel was 56% (95%CI 19-71). Among Turkish immigrants TB was not associated with travel (OR 0.9, 95%CI 0.3-2.4). CONCLUSION: Travel to the country of origin was a risk factor for TB among Moroccans, but not among Turkish people living in the Netherlands. The difference in travel-associated OR between these two immigrant groups is probably related to differences in TB incidence in these countries. © 2011 The Union. Source

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