Total health expenditure as share of GDP in the Netherlands 1998-2018

In 2018, the total health expenditure made up almost 13 percent of total GDP in the Netherlands. This is probably due to the health insurance system. 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.

Total health expenditure as share of GDP in the Netherlands from 1998 to 2018

Share of GDP
'18 12.9%
'17 13.2%
'16 13.4%
'15 13.4%
'14 13.7%
'13 13.8%
'12 13.9%
'11 13.6%
'10 13.4%
'09 13.2%
'08 12%
'07 11.7%
'06 11.7%
'05 11.9%
'04 11.9%
'03 11.9%
'02 11.3%
'01 10.5%
'00 10%
'99 10.1%
'98 10%
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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

Netherlands

Survey time period

1998 to 2017

Special properties

* the source mentions that the numbers provided from 2015 follow a different calculation.

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