health insurance

Health insurance
Nov 9 '16 14:25

Health insurer CZ is increasing the premiums for its basic health insurance by 7.5 percent, or 7.90 euros. The total basic health insurance premium for 2017 amounts to 112.85 euros, the insurer annoucned on Wednesday, ANP reports.

According to CZ, the premium comes in below cost. The insurer expects to spend an average of 125.20 euros per insured person next year. CZ will make up the difference from its own reserves, for which CZ put aside 420 million euros. That is 40 percent of the insurer's reserves - CZ's weallth minus the financial buffeer it has to keep according to law.

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Sep 27 '16 16:30

Dutch parliamentarians are shocked and outraged by the high premium increase health insurer DSW announced on Monday. The insurer announced an increase of 9.4 percent, much higher than the 3.5 percent the Ministry of Health predicted on Budget Day.

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Sep 27 '16 08:53

The first health insurer announced its premium increase for 2017 to the Telegraaf on Tuesday. DSW is increasing its premiums from 98.75 euros to 108 euros per month - an increase of 9.4 percent, much higher than the 3.5 percent the government predicted on Budget Day.

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Sep 20 '16 15:00

Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health believes the own risk healthcare deductibles of at least 385 euros per year are "quite justifiable", she said in NRC on Monday. According to her, parties speaking out against the deductibles are "not giving a fair representation of the situation."

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Sep 14 '16 11:50

More and more Dutch are confused about what exactly falls under the healthcare deductibles they have to pay, according to a study done by TNS NIPO on behalf of health insurer VGZ

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Sep 7 '16 09:36

The premium for basic health insurance will increase with about 3,50 euros next year, bringing the premium to 103 euros per month, AD reports based on Budget Day documents the newspaper managed to get a look at.

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Aug 11 '16 14:10

Achmea will have to increase their premiums, the management said in a press release with their half-year figures. According to the insurer, this "unavoidable" premium increase is necessary to absorb higher damages caused by climate change

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Jul 25 '16 10:55

Last year the wage costs to companies per hour worked increased by 0.6 percent, compared to 2014, Statistics Netherlands announced on Monday. That is the smallest increase in the past 20 years. The low increase can mainly be attributed to lower employers contributions.

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May 3 '16 11:50

The government and the Association of Dutch Municipalities reached an agreement on locating all homeless people in the country and giving them a fixed post address. This is to make sure they have access to health insurance and medical care, for which you need at least a postal address

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Dec 31 '15 15:05

The number of people switching health insurers this year is significantly lower than in previous years, comparison site Zorgkiezer.nl announced on Thursday

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Dec 1 '15 08:53

More than half of Amsterdam's young people are in debt, some even to such an extent that they cannot get out without assistance.

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Nov 18 '15 15:25

The Dutch health insurers have announced their price increases for next year. And all of the increases are lower than the average of 7 extra euros a month the Ministry of Health announced on Prinsjesdag.

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Nov 3 '15 14:07

Heath insurers have urged their clients to double check their medical bills after a visit to the hospital, after insurer CZ has reported over 400,000 cases of incorrectly invoices. That is double the amount of last year.

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Oct 16 '15 15:47

There is still too much ignorance among patients about how to go about asking for a second opinion. Many patients are also too intimidated, or too afraid that they will damage a good relationship with their doctor, to do so.

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Oct 16 '15 10:25

A total of 298 thousand people were at least six months behind on the payment of their health insurance premium last year. This is an increase of 22 percent compared to 2012.

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Sep 23 '15 13:00

Nearly 20 percent of Dutch people say that they have delayed or avoided medical care in 2015 as they are afraid it will cost them too much cash out of pocket. Higher deductibles in in some insurance policies is the primary concern, according to a study conducted by TNS and commissioned by health insurer VGZ.

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Sep 23 '15 12:19

Health insurer DSW will raise their basic annual healthcare package costs in 2016 by about 45 euros for the entire year, lower than the 58 euro increase predicted by the health ministry. compared to that of the Ministry of Health which will increase its premiums by 58 euros. This will be the fourth consecutive year that DSW has announced premiums lower than that of the Ministry.

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Jun 23 '15 08:52

An increasing number of homeless people do not health healthcare, resulting in people walking around without the treatment they need.

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Apr 29 '15 12:00

Cuts to items covered under the mandatory basic health insurance package is saving the country less money than expected, reports the Netherlands Court of Audit. Between 2007 and 2013, roughly 250 million euro was saved through the cuts, about half the amount the cabinet predicted under former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.

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Apr 17 '15 16:36

More people in the Netherlands in 2014 chose to pay lower monthly health insurance premiums, risking a higher own cost for medical care, than a year earlier. About 12 percent of policy-holders chose cheaper plans, broadcaster NOS reported.

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Mar 12 '15 10:40

Dutch GPs are back in action against the growing influence of insurers in the healthcare system. Doctors from eight provinces attached their manifesto under the title ‘Everything must change’ next to the entrance to the Department of Health, reports NOS.

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Feb 23 '15 18:06

Hundreds of psychiatrists and psychotherapists are refusing to sign contracts with health insurance providers because of their alleged interference with practices and treatment, the Volkskrant reported.

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Feb 19 '15 16:09

Over 1.1 million people in the Netherlands switched to a new health insurance provider for 2015, reveal figures released on Wednesday.

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Feb 12 '15 19:54

Further changes to the new healthcare law proposal by Dutch health minister Edith Schippers (VVD) drew doubts and opposition after Parliament heard the amended plan on Wednesday.

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