Health minister Edith Schippers has insisted she has no powers to intervene in the rising costs of health insurance after the largest insurers signalled price increases of up to 11% next year.
Schippers told NOS the steep rises were ‘a real shame’ but added: ‘Ultimately it’s the health insurers themselves who decide how high their premiums should be.’
Four of the largest insurers – Menzis, OHRA, DSW and CZ – have announced that their charges will rise by at least 8% each year. In the case of Menzis the increase is 11%, to €119 a month.
Schippers had previously said she expected the average rise to be around 3.5%. The excess charge (eigen risico) which is set by the government in its annual budget, has been frozen next year at €385.
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