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One million people to switch health insurance

Monday 31 December 2012

More than one million people will have swapped health insurance company by the end of the six-week window for change on December 31, says comparison website ZorgKiezer.nl.

Many people are dropping top-up policies because of the cost or increasing their own-risk payment to a maximum €850 in return for lower premiums.

The own-risk element in healthcare is going up from €220 to €350 in 2013.

Year end

The basic healthcare package is determined by the government but insurance companies are free to develop additional policies to cover uninsured items like alternative health therapies and extra physiotherapy.

People have to cancel their existing health insurance policy by the end of the year but have a further month to sign up with a new provider.

Other comparison websites on Monday reported they were very busy as people rushed to beat the deadline. 'We've had several hundred people switching today,' Erik Hordijk, directer of website Verzekeringssite.nl told news agency ANP.

Did you change healthcare provider? Use the comment box below to share your thoughts

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Readers' Comments

I changed away from Menzis. But only because they made a typo with my BSN and got me in trouble with the CVZ. I got 400 Eur fines for not having insurance, when I did have insurance. Plus their english-averse system makes them unfriendly for expats like me. I'm trying a different provider now.

By Spiffo | 31 December 2012 8:52 PM

A big scam for the Health insurance companies to make even more fat profits, the government should look after its NL citizens first, instant reduction would be to introduce no claims bonus and open up the market to global insurance companies, of course NL doesn’t like healthy competition, I'd better go to my local (every other street) Etos for overpriced medicine.

By Quinn | 1 January 2013 1:54 PM

I switched from Menzis to another company as well. They are really expat unfriendly. Besides I could not get proper information by phone about second opinion in my own country. Many vague statements and when I asked for documentation (in Dutch) they did not provide me... Very poor quality of service. Let's see how it will be with the new company.

By Duncan | 1 January 2013 4:42 PM

Single expat 62 old woman. Any suggestions for insurance provider. Is ONVZ a good provider ? Thank You for any advice.

By Lynn Nicholas | 1 January 2013 7:09 PM

Menzis are a very poor insurer. They informed me that a hospital visit was covered and to "ignore future bills arsing from the visit".
I subsequently got a fine from GGN for 300 Euro. Very misleading and unhelpful organisation.

By Squeels | 5 March 2013 5:35 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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