The Daily Herald writes that the first copy of a report on trending topics and developments in healthcare in the Caribbean Netherlands was handed over to Island Governor of St. Eustatius Gerald Berkel during a presentation at Ocean View restaurant Tuesday afternoon. The Trend Report, drafted by Dutch healthcare foundation FWG, is the first of its kind in presenting an overview of macro developments in healthcare not just on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, but also on Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten, FWG General Director Jan Helmond said. He said he was hopeful that the report would contribute to further development of high-quality healthcare.
The report has been written by FWG upon request of healthcare providers on Bonaire, Statia and Saba. FWG has been publishing trend reports regarding developments in healthcare in the Netherlands since 2009. The report, which was presented to government officials and healthcare organisations on the three islands, is based on extensive research which comprises interviews with experts in healthcare and research.
What sets the report apart is that healthcare developments and the consequences of these developments for each island have been described in their interrelated context, transcending individual healthcare organisations, individual islands and local political issues. The research involved five main themes: public health and prevention, medical transfers, forgotten groups, primary care and integrated care, and quality and labour market. In addition, the effects of the constitutional reform of 2010 on the organisation and cooperation among healthcare organisation.