Nearly 1.1 million consumers in the Netherlands switched healthcare providers by January 1, according to a study by Vektis. The preliminary numbers, released by Zorgverzekeraars Nederland (ZN), show that 6.5 percent of the country made the switch, down from 7.2 percent a year earlier.
The Netherlands earned a profit of 1.3 billion euro on a bank lending scheme introduced at the height of the financial crisis to keep the economy moving. In October 2008 the Dutch government introduced a 200 billion euro guarantee scheme for banks to continue offering medium-term debt and make it safer to lend to each other.
Government internet connectivity issues have forced the temporary stoppage of the Dutch integration exam, affecting hundreds of people who already made plans to take the test. At least 716 people are known to have registered for the exam which must often be taken in the person’s country of origin, meaning the registrants have lost out on money spent for travel arrangements.
A study done by the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau (SCP) shows that one in six self employed people are living below the poverty line.
Aid workers who want to go work in Ebola infected areas, can't get any additional insurance due to the high cost of repatriation.
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.
The Association of Insurers has warned consumers that homeowners who rent out their homes through popular sites like Airbnb and Wimdu are often not insured against fire, damage or injury to their guests. Standard home insurance policies do not provide coverage for temporary rentals.
The national bank and insurer SNS Reaal suffered a net loss of €125 million in the past six months. However, this loss is much smaller than the half billion loss they suffered in the first half of 2013.
The Netherlands is experiencing more and more heavy rainstorms, causing damage to homes that municipalities will not insure or prevent. Insurance companies expect that home insurance will go up with dozens of euro every year, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
This Thursday, there will be a European discussion in Brussels about possible measures for companies that are going to be affected by the Russian food boycott. For Dutch export, VNO-NCW-director Hans de Boer warns that the damage could be €1.5 to €2 billion, the NOS reports.
The 70-year old Cok Harteveld from Maassluis was robbed of his pension this weekend when thieves stole his entire chips-stall. The stall provides Harteveld's income, and he was going to pass it on to his grandchild, until it was stolen. Police may have one lead, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
The heavy rainfall in The Netherlands on Monday has caused around €10 million in damage according to the first rough estimate from the Union of Insurers (Verbond van Verzekeraars).
The families of Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers may go back to Panama soon to re-join the hunt for their missing girls, who disappeared in the Central American country several months ago.
ING has announced that it is brining its insurance branch to the Amsterdam stock exchange in an IPO move. This may take place within two months, the NOS reports.
Since December, around 250 transgender people considering undergoing gender reassignment surgery have gone to the VU medical center in Amsterdam for treatment. This comes from a letter to Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health by the Netherlands Care Authority (NZa) on Thursday.
Dutch Association of Insurers has informed skiers and snowboarders that insurance does not cover all costs associated with off-piste skiing accidents.
Dutch banker ING has completed the sale of its South Korean insurance division ING Life Korea in a deal worth around €1.27 billion, news agency AFP reports.
Dutch largest cooperative insurer Achmea announced Wednesday that it has decided to cut 4,000 jobs over the next three years.
Dutch financial-services company ING Groep NV is speeding up its reorganization after receiving regulators’ approval to combine its Japanese insurance unit with European operations in a 2014 initial public offering, Bloomberg News reported.
TNS Nipo research shows that 1.4 million people are estimated to make a switch to a new health insurer during the change-over period at the end of the year.
Terminally ill patients can get faster access to test medicines via MyTomorrows, a community created by Sjaak Vink. It is the first time that inventors, doctors and patients are brought together.