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Poorly maintained house would lead to more doctor’s visit

Poorly maintained house would lead to more doctor’s visit

People who live in a house with maintenance arrears, to sit more often to the doctor than people who are better living. The number of doctor visits is at the first group of 10 to 15 percent higher.

In women and the elderly leads to a house, for example, with mold and moisture to a number of doctor visits was 25 percent higher than the average. They sit home more often and older people are also more vulnerable.

That, says professor of real estate finance Piet Eichholtz of Maastricht University. With his colleagues, he did research on the basis of German data, which, according to him, applicable to the Dutch situation.

10 percent of the houses would at least in Germany are insufficiently maintained. Arrears of maintenance, poor insulation and correct ventilation can cause headaches, sleep problems, skin problems and problems with the respiratory tract. Eichholtz is no estimate of the cost that bad to live with it brings.

The effect of the indoor climate on the human race is one of the themes during a conference Friday in Maastricht.

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