Dialogue on Preventive Health Care

Posted on dec 22, 2017

It is our pleasure to invite you to a dialogue on Preventive Health Care that will take place on
Monday, March 19th 2018.

Last summer we had a survey conducted by H4i (Healthcare for internationals) about opinions, needs and expectations of preventive healthcare in the Netherlands.

In the survey we asked the 300 international respondents what they do to keep fit and healthy, how they rate the availability of products and services and what additional products, facilities and services they would need in the field of preventive healthcare in the Netherlands.

Summarizing we can say that:

  • Respondents are a fair representation of the population of internationals registered at SGE international.
  • In average respondents rate them self to be quite healthy (7.7 on a 10-point scale).

What internationals currently do:

  • Almost 90% engage in some kind of physical exercise, ranging from regular walks, biking to work, to intensive sports or workouts.
  • 55% watch their diet, take vitamins or other supplements.
  • 26% do other things like yoga, make sure they get enough sleep or meditate.
  • 3% say they have regular medical check-ups to make sure they keep fit and healthy.

Rating their activities and available services:

  • 28% of respondents consider what they do to be (more than) enough to stay healthy, 40% just enough. 32% feel that they do (far) too little or nothing at all.
  • 53% of respondents say that lack of time, prevents them to do more to keep or improve their health and fitness.
  • 32% say lack of advice or coaching prevents them to do more, while 12% say they ‘don’t know how’.
  • At the same time 16% feel that there is a lack of products and services in the area of prevention.
  • For 28% the cost is an inhibitor.
  • About half (46%) of respondents feel that circumstances in their home country to keep or improve their health and fitness, are about the same as here. One third (32%) believe that these are (much) better while 22% believe the circumstances at home are (much) worse.
  • 60% of internationals find that their employer, offers many or some services, followed by other (commercial) providers (47%), healthcare provider / GP (28%) and health insurance provider (26%).

The need for additional facilities and services are broadly categorized in 4 areas, where the need for medical services was most often mentioned (by more than 40%). Other categories were mentioned by about 20% of participants.

  1. Availability of healthy food (including at work, in supermarkets, as well as counseling by a dietician).
  2. Non-medical facilities and services, including sports and fitness facilities, (physical) group activities, counseling and coaching on sports and workouts.
  3. Medical services, which includes all kind of preventive diagnostics, like annual check-ups, pap smears, blood tests.
  4. Other, which includes mental health, alternative medicine or (organized) social activities.


Importance of additional facilities is indicated by:

  • 57% stating that the facilities or services listed, would (very) much improve the circumstances in the Netherlands to keep or improve their health.
  • 63% that would be willing to pay a fee to cover the costs of these facilities or services.

Moreover, we have analyzed these findings and would like to discuss them with you to see how existing facilities and services can be made better accessible for internationals and we like to review options for new services for preventive healthcare.

Please join us on Monday, March 19th 2018, from 19:00 to 21:00  (doors open 18:45) in the Presentation Room at the ground floor of Videolab/ Office-S, Torenallee 20, 5617 BC Eindhoven

The event is free but please confirm your attendance by mail to [email protected]




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