Quarter of a million uninsured

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2 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – Some 241,000 people in the Netherlands had no medical insurance as of 1 May. That is 1.5 percent of the population, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports.

2 May 2007

AMSTERDAM – Some 241,000 people in the Netherlands had no medical insurance as of 1 May. That is 1.5 percent of the population, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports.

The number of uninsured individuals was estimated in 2006 to be 182,000. It is against the law to be uninsured; those who fail to have insurance risk a fine.

Mainly immigrants from countries other than Turkey, Morocco, Surinam, Aruba and the Antilles are often uninsured. Some 40,000 children are among those without medical coverage.

The CBS did not include illegal residents in these figures.

About half of those without insurance are in their 20s and 30s. People receiving benefits tend to be insured.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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