Cost of healthcare insurance triples in seven years

The cost of healthcare insurance has tripled over the past seven years, comparison website Independer said on Tuesday.


In 2005, when the Netherlands had a government run national healthcare service, people with insurance received a rebate if they did not cost very much in treatments. Now they have to first pay an own-risk premium.
For people with the cheapest insurance in 2005, the cost has risen by five times, says Independer.
Insurers DSW says it will not raise its own-risk premium in 2013 because medicines have become cheaper. However, other insurers are saying they will have to raise the own-risk price to cover their costs.