MPs sound alarm over new health insurance

28th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — MPs have expressed serious concerns about the potential for chaos when the new health insurance system comes into force in January.

28 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — MPs have expressed serious concerns about the potential for chaos when the new health insurance system comes into force in January.

Nearly all parties called on Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst during a debate on Wednesday to be more pro-active to ensure the changeover from the current public-private, ziekenfonds-ziektekosten system goes smoothly.

A new universal basic health insurance scheme comes into force on 1 January and nearly all Dutch adults will have to pay higher insurance premiums. The basic package will be similar to the coverage provided by the current ziekenfonds insurance.

MPS told Hoogervorst his ministry must mount a better information campaign to prevent an increase in the number of people without insurance.

Everyone must be insured and insurance companies cannot deny anyone coverage for the basic package.

With three months to go before the new system comes into effect, there are a rising number of complaints from members of the public who don't understand the implications of the changeover.

One of the biggest areas of confusion relates to the zorgtoeslag, or extra benefit for people on low incomes.

About 6 million households are entitled to the benefit but many complain the application form that must be completed for the tax authorities, Belastingdienst, is very difficult to understand.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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