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Basic health insurance package could be made smaller

Monday 19 November 2012

The government is considering removing more items from the basic healthcare package, including some psychiatric help and physiotherapy, the Telegraaf reports on Monday.

The paper says the government needs to find an extra €1.5bn in savings on healthcare spending and the ministry has already drawn up measures that could be introduced in 2015.

These include removing treatment for depression, anxieties and addiction from the basic compulsory package and allowing people to take out extra insurance to cover them. In addition spending on prevention, such as anti-smoking policies, could also be drastically reduced, the paper says.

Would this be the best way forward? Use the comment box below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

A large amount of depression can come through stress and financial worries. This of course can lead to anxiety issues. Lets make these people pay more to treat this. Lekker is dat!

By yep | 19 November 2012 9:28 AM

Why not stamp out waste an inefficiencies in the system first??
By having to report to your health insurer for extra cover that you have depression or are addicted to one or another substance is not positive.
Health insurance cannot be based on known risks or it will be refused.
If your insurance company is informed you are a heavy smoker wanting to quit they may take other views. if you want to switch insurance and this is given through then you may not get cover.

By nd | 19 November 2012 10:37 AM

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

The brain is an organ like any other. And mental illness isn't optional. No fool would "choose" it.

Let's just stigmatize it further, right?

Especially now. Totally agree with yep...

By CW | 19 November 2012 10:52 AM

I have to agree with yep. If they have to cut somethings out better those then some other things; and keep the stuff that's really needed

By dee | 19 November 2012 11:06 AM

Perhaps they could offer opt-outs. Although I guess that will add to the administrative costs. But me, I'd opt out of all kinds of things such as these if I could.

By David | 19 November 2012 11:11 AM

Chaps, everyone finds it easy to judge and punish. Whatever the guys may suggest would always hurt one or another ... what would YOU suggest along with the "stupid" wording around here? In brief, there is a necessity to save some money - hence drawing it from somewhere ..

By Name | 19 November 2012 11:40 AM

As CW says the brain is an organ like anything else. This is just another thing to add to the stigma of mental health.

This is totally going to add extra burdens on to fellow sufferers. Some people will not be able to afford these extra charges and will just suffer instead of getting help. I feel more than confident to say that there will be even more people throwing themselves under trains once this kicks in.

What happened to this country? doing everything it can just to cling on to it's triple A rating to say what ' Look Europe no problem here '

By yep | 19 November 2012 12:34 PM

In the end it amounts to giving everybody a first aid kit and saying “do it yourself”. The government appears to be not half as bad, which half ?

By Terence Hale | 19 November 2012 12:43 PM

I think it is a good plan.

By anonymous | 19 November 2012 12:49 PM

basic healthcare under gov subsidy should just be about physical health. mental, maternity, gays and smokers related illness should be covered separately. inefficiences should be eliminated. excessive pay of insurance executives should also be eliminated.

By ufo | 19 November 2012 2:58 PM

This may be the stupidest idea you Dutch have had in a long. long time. Reagonomics visits the Low Lands! Cut out insurance for depression, anxiety and addiction from the basic compulsory package. Brilliant. Kick 'em while their down.

By jonathan | 19 November 2012 3:33 PM

a very ignorant and poorly thought out idea...even if it never comes to fruition that it's even on the table for discussion only shows how little this government knows or cares about its people...

By Michael | 19 November 2012 4:16 PM

'Have family now living here in NL from Brazil. Since they started living here about a year ago, they (Now) all smoke, drink & use soft drugs to combat the stress: none of them like the climate, food or politics.

I told them that the guv is trying hard to fit the medical package into a matchbox, they all agree and would rather just pay cash when they need help & not bother with the monthly payments.

I encourage them to work hard here, save & go back home later, much better off :)

(Number 1 is health, let's get 'em where it hurts policy again, charming!)

By The visitor | 19 November 2012 4:31 PM

Right. First get everyone excited because the premiums might go down a few euros per month, then force more people to buy the expensive supplementary package. The insurers will make a fortune.

By Husserl | 19 November 2012 10:10 PM

What angers me about this the most is seeing how much money is spent on gardening in my neighbourhood. They are spending money renewing the grass at the moment! NL needs to stop crackpot spending and spend on healthcare, which we will ALL need at some point in our lives.

By Anne Onymous | 20 November 2012 12:34 AM

10 years ago my health insurance was less than 20 euros a month & now its 145 euros per month, in 2007 you used to get a rebate if you didn't claim. I am fit & healthy but recently i had a nasty accident on my bike but did not receive hospital treatment simply because i could not afford the 350 euros excess, & recently i became unemployed & getting extra stress. By law you must have health insurance, does anyone agree that if you have a health issue that these ridiculous charges will prevent you seeking relevant treatment?

By Paul Yeatman | 20 November 2012 8:58 PM

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