Income-linked health premium to be cut

24th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — The income-related portion of the premium for the new health insurance scheme is to be lowered for pensioners and people without employers.

24 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — The income-related portion of the premium for the new health insurance scheme is to be lowered for pensioners and people without employers.

This could save pensioners and the self-employed several hundred euros a year, sources close to the government said on Wednesday.

News agency ANP said the Cabinet would pay for this by increasing the income-related premium employers will have to pay for their staff from 6.25 percent to 6.5 percent.

Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst emphasised on Wednesday morning that employers would be compensated for this increase.

Ministers met on Wednesday to finalise plans to support purchasing power once the new health insurance system — and higher premiums — comes into force on 1 January 2005. High oil prices are also driving up prices.

Small and medium-sized businesses organisation MKB-Nederland warned on 3 August that freelance workers face an explosive increase in their premiums under the new healthcare scheme.

The MKB based its warning on calculations in newspaper 'Het Financieele Dagblad' that  freelancers, known as zzp'ers in Dutch, may have to pay an income-dependant premium of EUR 1,875 on top of the EUR 1,100 fixed premium.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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