Healthcare Mission with the Royal Couple

From 17 to 20 March, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Dutch Representation in Denmark and Germany in cooperation with Task Force Health Care and FME, organized a Healthcare Mission to Denmark (17-18 March) and Northern Germany (19-20 March) for the Dutch Life Sciences & Health sector. This mission ran parallel to the State Visit of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima to Denmark and their working visit to Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg in Northern Germany. The King and Queen took part in some parts of the mission programmes.

In Denmark, the Dutch health delegation consisting of 19 companies visited several large-scale hospital construction projects. The Rigshospitalet and Hvidovre Hospital, Bispebjerg Hospital were visited, as well as the Bomi-Parken Elderly Care facility. During these visits the delegation gained in-depth information about the hospital projects and met with the project directors. His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima took part in the visit to Bispebjerg Hospital and interacted with the Dutch delegation and their Danish counterparts to discuss the challenges of the Bispebjerg Hospital project and Dutch innovative healthcare solutions.

In Germany, 24 Dutch organisations formed the delegation that took part in a health programme that focused on medical high-technology and systems. OEM company Dräger was visited together with the royal couple. During the networking event at Dräger, the Dutch delegation members and German potential partners from the region discussed together with His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima about how the Germans and the Dutch can combine knowledge and expertise for effective and (cost-)efficient solutions for the healthcare challenges we face today and in the future. The delegation also visited Philips Healthcare located at the renowned Röntgenstraße in Hamburg, which today still is a major research and production facility.