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Revenues Dutch care institutions up by 3.8 percent

The revenues of Dutch care institutions did not grow as fast in 2010 and 2011 as in the previous three years. At the same time the care institutions were able to prevent costs from rising according to Statistics Netherlands.

Hospitals, mental health care, disabled care facilities, nursing and care homes and home help realised 51 billion euro in joint revenues in 2011. This is 3.8 percent more than in 2010, when revenues also increased by 3.8 percent. In the three years before that the revenues rose by an average of 6.3 percent a year.

The cost of care institutions also did not rise as fast in the last two years. In 2011 operating costs increased by 3.6 percent to 49 billion euro and in 2010 by 3.9 percent. In the three years before, the costs rose by an average of 6.2 percent.

The profitability of care institutions has been stable in recent years. Profits reached 1.9 percent in 2011. This is slightly more than in 2010, the same as in 2009, but substantially more than in the years before that.

The profitability of hospitals has been rising almost every year since 2006. In 2011 profits reached 1.7 percent. This was slightly more than in 2010. Hospitals managed to compensate for a 380 million euro government budget cut by cost control in 2011 thereby maintaining their profitability level.