Developing a new healthcare facility is not an occasion that arises frequently for most people. If you get this extraordinary challenge you want to build the best possible facility. But what is the best? ‘The best’ involves finance, safety, flexibility, efficiency, usability, sustainability, patient friendliness or perhaps rather the perfect balance between all these aspects.
Maybe because of their specific international trading history the Dutch have proven to be able to balance all aspects, constantly searching for the best value for money. Regarding healthcare facilities the Dutch are famous for their ability to create high-end facilities that are well functioning, comfortable to stay in and within one of the lowest budgets in Western European countries. And last but not least the architecture of the buildings are worth to see as Dutch Design.
But not only the facilities perform well. The entire Dutch healthcare system is an example to many countries. For instance the research on the rate of infections (source: EFSA 2010) illustrates this. Despite the fact that the “flying Dutchmen” tend to travel abroad a lot and the country has one of the highest densities of population in the world, the rate of infections are very low. Also the cost of Dutch healthcare, in relation to its results, is relatively low (source: NVZ, 2012).
It is too simple to say that all answers to the question “Why Dutch?” have been mentioned here. There are far more reasons to add to that. The people below tell you more about their experience with Dutch Hospital Design from different point of views. If you are interested what the Dutch can contribute to your healthcare project please contact us to tell you more.