Parliament wants clemency for high debt

8th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 June 2007, THE HAGUE – Parliament supports Public Health Minister Ab Klink's crack down on people who have no health insurance or who fail to pay their premium, but it is asking for clemency for people who are in deep debt. Parliament also wants to better safeguard the rights of those who fail to pay.

8 June 2007

THE HAGUE – Parliament supports Public Health Minister Ab Klink's crack down on people who have no health insurance or who fail to pay their premium, but it is asking for clemency for people who are in deep debt. Parliament also wants to better safeguard the rights of those who fail to pay.

This emerged on Thursday in consultation between Parliament and Minister Klink. He wants to prevent those who fail to pay their health insurance from being able to cancel their policy and change over to another insurer. He has also proposed withholding the care allowance from non-payers and even docking their pay if necessary in order to square off their debt.

There are about 240,000 people at the moment who haven't paid their health insurance premium in over six months. An equally large group does not even have a policy, even though the law states that everyone must have health insurance. Socialist SP MP Henk van Gerven pointed out that the fines that await these uninsured people when they do finally get a policy can in fact discourage them from doing so.

The ministry has agreed with the health insurance companies that they will not expel the non-payers from their health plan and that they will be subjected to a strict collection regime. Since the group of insured people have not been party to these agreements, they have no leg to stand on if the insurer marks them as a "non-payer." This is why Parliament wants these agreements incorporated in legislation.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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