The government is not planning to increase the current €385 own risk element in healthcare insurance next year, sources in The Hague have told reporters.
The leak comes two weeks ahead of the publication of the government’s 2017 spending plans.
Patients currently have to pay the first €385 of their healthcare bills for hospital treatment and medicines themselves a year, but can opt to boost this up to €835 in return for lower premiums. Visits to a family doctor are not included in the own risk system.
The own risk payment has risen sharply since 2012, when it was €200. The left wing green party GroenLinks, Socialists and anti-Islam PVV have all called for the charge to be abolished.
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