Mental Health and Work: Netherlands

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Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is becoming a key issue for labour market and social policies in OECD countries. OECD governments increasingly recognise that policy has a major role to play in keeping people with mental ill-health in employment or bringing those outside of the labour market back to it, and in preventing mental illness. This report on the Netherlands is the seventh in a series of reports looking at how the broader education, health, social and labour market policy challenges identified in Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work (OECD, 2012) are being tackled in a number of OECD countries.


The role of the Dutch health care sector in improving mental health and work outcomes

This chapter looks at the role of the mental health care sector in the Netherlands. It assesses the effectiveness of the mental health care sector in providing adequate treatment to people with mental disorders and discusses the new health care reform that has increased responsibilities for general mental health care to alleviate the treatment burden on specialised mental health care. Finally, it reviews the difficulties of integrating mental health care and employment services in the Netherlands due to the segregation of mental health care and occupational health care services.



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