National health expenditure in the Netherlands 1998-2019

In 2019, the national healthcare expenditure reached a value of approximately 91 billion euros. In the Netherlands, every resident or employee is obliged to take a basic health insurance to cover medical costs from, for example, visits to a general practitioner or the hospital. The Dutch government decides on the cover provided by this package and health insurance companies are obliged to accept everyone who meets the requirements, regardless of age or state of health. An important characteristic of Dutch health insurance, though, is the so-called "principle of social solidarity": the overall costs of health care are paid by everybody. It is since 2008, for example, compulsory from the age of 18 to pay a total mandatory excess before the basic health insurance reimburses medical costs. In this way, everybody contributes to certain types of healthcare such as maternity care. In 2017, the total mandatory excess reached a value of 385 euros. In 2005, the total health expenditure as share of GDP in the Netherlands reached a value of approximately 12 percent. Subsequently, this increased to approximately 14 percent in 2015. In 2017, the gross government expenses for primary care reached a value of approximately 5.5 billion euros.

Total national healthcare expenditure in the Netherlands from 1998 to 2019

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

1998 to 2019

Special properties

Based on the prices in the corresponding year.

Supplementary notes

* The figures provided are provisional.

The source includes in its definition of health care expenses in medicine, long-term treatment, welfare, social services and child care. It concerns expenses in healthcare goods and services by all institutions, practices and organisations. This includes expenses made by Dutch healthcare providers on people from outside the Netherlands and excludes services between healthcare providers.

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