There are long waiting lists for mental health care (ggz) in the Netherlands. Roger Prudon, a PhD candidate specialized in the labour market and healthcare, studied the effect of that long waiting time on the probability that people stay employed. A long waiting time has a negative effect on employment. Every extra month on the waiting list reduces the chances of someone having a job in the long term by two percentage points, as Prudon shows.
"The two main possible explanations are a deterioration in health, or a growing distance to the labour market," the ESB article reads. "An extra month of waiting for treatment can mean that someone stays at home sick for an extra month, making the return to work more difficult."
The long waiting times are thus not only distressing for those in need of care, but also result in high social costs. "If the waiting time can be reduced by one month, this would save more than three hundred million euros a year," Prudon stated in the ESB article.
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