Hike in Dutch health insurance expected

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Today’s newspaper says the annual insurance premium paid for basic Dutch healthcare is set to rise by about 300 euros - more than 25 percent – under the present government.

The cabinet plans no cuts to the Dutch health service. Official estimates, meanwhile, show this will result in the present annual cost of basic mandatory health insurance rising from 1,107 euros to around 1,400 euros.

Health costs are expected to rise by about 3.6 billion euros during the lifetime of the government as no new measures are being introduced to curb expenditure on health. “The 13 million people with health insurance will have to foot the bill,” explains an insurance sector spokesman.


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