‘In many areas the Netherlands is a world player in healthcare.’
The question was not ‘whether’ but ‘how’ the Netherlands can bring its healthcare strengths and the hundreds of healthcare organisations (especially SMEs) within the Top Sector LSH across the border.
Following the Top: Healthcare and Export a ‘workgroup’ was put together to realise a thorough ‘International Strategy’ in which clear ambitions and concrete actions are stated. It contained representatives from the public sector (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency) and the private sector (Task Force Health Care on behalf of the Dutch LSH Alliance). On 17 November 2015 the ‘International Strategy’ was officially presented to the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers, during her visit to the Health~Holland Pavillion at the Medica trade fair in Düsseldorf.