Healthcare institutions have spent nearly half more on hired staff in the last three years, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reported Monday. In 2015, the figure remained at around 1.8 billion euros, compared to 2.7 billion euros last year.
The self-employed and temporary workers are becoming increasingly necessary to compensate for acute staff shortages. Trouw writes that healthcare institutions have thousands of vacancies open, of which four in ten are difficult to fill. These positions are often 'resolved' with hired staff.
In addition to the costs of temporary staff, spending on permanent staff also increased by more than 9 percent to € 37.2 billion. Partly because of this, healthcare institutions saw their operating expenses rise faster than the income.
Mental health care mainly affected financially
Statistics Netherlands is particularly concerned about the financial health of mental health care. At the end of 2018 there was an average of 80 percent less under the line. Hospitals suffered the least loss with a loss of 3 percent.
A positive exception are nursing and care homes. In 2018, this sector was on average one third more than in 2017, because the government has promised to invest more than 2 billion. Part of it has already been paid out, says Trouw .