Spending on Addiction Treatment in The Netherlands, 2011
"In the Netherlands, an institute for addiction care and/or mental health care is financed in a complex way by several sources. As a rule, regular institutes receive their funding from the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport; the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment; the Ministry of Security and Justice; the provinces; the municipalities; the health insurance companies; additional temporary funds; and some private funding.
"Table 1.3.1 gives an overview of the expenditures of the institutes during the fiscal years 2010 and 2011. From this table it can be estimated that the annual expenditures of the main regular institutes for addiction care, together with the institutes for integrated addiction care and mental health care, in 2010 amounted to 1,545,241,886 euro, which increased with 4.4% to a total of 1,612,533,820 euro in 2011. Given a general inflation of 2.3% in 2011 (www.cbs.nl), this implies a real net increase of the expenditures by 2%. Unfortunately, it is not directly clear which part of the amounts is spent on treating addiction, let alone drug addiction, and which amount is still missing from the non-merged mental health care.
"With regard to the annual growth of the mental health care (including the addiction care), the Minister of Health, Welfare, and Sport in June 2012 signed an agreement with the mental health care that in 2013 and 2014 the annual growth will be reduced from 5% to 2.5% (www.psy.nl, 18-06-2012)."
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