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.
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
The number of people switching health insurers this year is significantly lower than in previous years, comparison site Zorgkiezer.nl announced on Thursday
More than half of Amsterdam's young people are in debt, some even to such an extent that they cannot get out without assistance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An increasing number of homeless people do not health healthcare, resulting in people walking around without the treatment they need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over 1.1 million people in the Netherlands switched to a new health insurance provider for 2015, reveal figures released on Wednesday.
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.
Minister Edith Schippers (Health) just announced measures for her healthcare bill in a press conference. It will become possible for insurers to charge a reduced amount against a patient's deductible if they go to a specialist that has a contract with the insurer. There will also be stricter supervision on mergers of institutions, in the revised version of the bill that was surprisingly voted down in the upper house of parliament.
Despite three Labour Senators saying they are still not prepared to vote in favour of a new legislative action that would limit the rights of medical patients, the prospect of a solution is apparently in sight. The crisis began Tuesday night when the three senators voted against health care legislation supported by the coalition government.
An advisory board of Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health thinks that the second opinion must remain as fully reimbursed care in the basic healthcare package. The concept advice of the Healthcare Institute states that patients are entitled to a review by a second specialist.
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health is researching whether babies with spina bifida (an open spine) can be operated on before birth in the Netherlands. Currently parents have to travel to Belgium for such an operation.
The Netherlands' second-largest health insurer, VGZ, has said the premium they will charge for the mandatory basic health insurance package will rise between six and 14 percent next year. The firm offers three different basic insurances, which will cost between €97.95 and €113.95 per month.
According to a report from research center Nibud, many young people aged 18 to 24 already have outstanding tax payments, and are unable to pay their health insurance or phone provider bills, RTL Nieuws reports.
In an attempt to bring an end to unruly comparison websites, the Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets (AFM) will tighten rules and issue licenses to regulate the industry. Websites which fulfil the function of mediator, and receive remuneration when a company gains a new member through the website, must apply a license before 17 November.