Health insurance policies make a loss

Dutch health insurance companies expect to make a combined loss of €320m on basic health insurance policies this year, according to figures from the Dutch central bank DNB. Insurers are willing to accept a loss because of the fierce competition to win new clients.

Top-up policies – covering extras such as dentistry and physiotherapy – will make a loss of around €40m. Health insurance policy premiums are set to rise between 8% and 10% next year.

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