Health minister agrees on own-risk payback

Health minister Ab Klink has bowed to pressure from MPs and agreed that more people will get compensation when the own-risk clause is introduced into the health insurance system next year, reports ANP news service on Friday.

Originally the minister was only prepared to compensate people who need long term medication because they have a chronic condition or are handicapped. They would be entitled to a refund of €47 on the €150 own-risk payment.
But now Klink has agreed to include people who are sick and need long term care but do not necessarily need medication. This includes, for example, people living in nursing homes.
The minister told parliament he is also willing to consider a proposal to compensate people who require medical aids such the blind and the deaf.

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