The Netherlands offers opt out clause to health insurance objectors
Some 11,000 people in the Netherlands do not have health insurance on principle, mainly very strict Protestants who oppose all forms of insurance, news agency ANP reported on Tuesday.
Basic health insurance is required by law in the Netherlands.
Some members of the reformed Protestant churches oppose intervention in health issues, including vaccinations, because they believe their life is in God’s hands.
Objectors can apply to the social insurance bank for an exemption and pay the equivalent amount – around €100 per adult a month – in extra tax.
The Netherlands is the only country in Europe to offer a get-out clause to religious groups.
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