History shows an ongoing voluntary or involuntary migration flow of people from their birthplaces to other societies. Many Western countries have become multi-ethnic societies. The number of elderly immigrants in those countries is rapidly rising. Contrary to the situation in the United States, little information is yet available on the health status and health care use of elderly immigrants in Europe, including the Netherlands. In Europe, elderly are often included as part of the study population whereas in the United States separate studies on elderly have been conducted indicating more health problems but a relatively low health care use.

Netherlands, elderly, health care, immigrants
G.J. Bonsel (Gouke)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
NWO, VWS, Erasmus MC Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Denktaş, S. (2011, March 9). Health and Health Care Use of Elderly Immigrants in the Netherlands: a comparative study. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/22648