The Netherlands is one of the few EU countries where it is
compulsory for all residents, even expatriates working there, to buy private
health insurance from an authorised local provider. The Dutch health
authorities tightly control price and cover
There is still confusion as to whether or not there are
limited exemptions for expatriates living and/or working there who have an
international private medical insurance policy.
Unlike other nations, the Dutch like to actively enforce
their rules and laws. They are now targeting expats and foreign nationals.
Anyone without cover can be subject to a twice a year spot fine of £350.
Dutch health cover will provide local protection, but will
not pay for repatriation back to the UK or treatment in the UK.
If you are or plan to work in the Netherlands, you should get quotes
from specialist providers, you may need local and expat cover. Hoping you can get
away with it could prove expensive.
International health insurance news: 23 April 2012