People with ME/CFS are substantially limited in their functioning, for a longer period of time. Treatment cannot address the causes of the disease, due to lack of knowledge. Therefore, research is required, on pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment. Furthermore, patients do not feel to be taken seriously, which hampers their recovery. Their limitations are often not fully recognized in the assessment of claims on income and other provisions. The Health Council recommends that health care providers be trained and medical assessors recognize that ME/CFS is accompanied by substantial limitations.