Health insurance own risk element may rise to €400

A rise in the own-risk element of healthcare insurance to €400 is likely to be part of plans to save €1.6bn on the cost of healthcare, the AD reports on Friday, quoting sources in The Hague.

The minority cabinet and three smaller parties agreed to cut spending on healthcare by €1.6bn in order to reduce the budget deficit to within eurozone limits. Details are now being worked out.
Currently, patients have to pay the first €220 of their annual healthcare bills but can opt for a higher own-risk in return for lower premiums. Low income families would get compensation for the increase, the paper says.
Health insurance currently costs around €110 a month.