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Opinion on the importance of mandatory excess when voting in the Netherlands 2017

This statistic shows the answers to the survey statement: "The mandatory excess (in Dutch: verplicht eigen risico) is an important topic when I vote*". During the surveyed period, approximately 17 percent of the respondents answered mandatory excess was not an important topic for them. In 2018, the total mandatory excess was expected to reach a value of 400 euros. This is an increase of the 385 euros reached in both 2017 and 2016. The number for 2018 was at the time unclear and would be finalized on October 1, 2017.

On September 19, the demissionary Dutch government of Rutte II, consisting of the liberal People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and the social democratic Labour party (PvdA) announced that they would increase the total mandatory excess to 400 euros for 2018. The financial plans of this government, however, are not final as they are officially a "caretaker government", waiting for the new government to arrive after the Dutch elections in March 2017. This new government, most likely to be Rutte III and consisting of the liberal VVD, the Christian Democrats (CDA), the liberal-progressive party D66 and the Christian conservatives (Christenunie), stated in a parliamentary debate on September 20 they did not want to increase the mandatory excess, remaining 385 euros like in 2017 and 2016. To do so, this measure has to be approved in a parliamentary session before the deadline on October 1.

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. It is compulsory, however, from the age of 18 to pay a total mandatory excess (in Dutch: verplicht eigen risico) before the basic insurance reimburses medical costs. This principle was introduced in the Dutch Health Insurance Act (Zvw) in 2008. This mandatory excess can be increased with an additional voluntary excess (in Dutch: vrijwillig eigen risico), in exchange for a lower premium. In 2014, the average annual premium for addtionnal health insurance reached a value of approximately 310 euros per person.

To what extent do you agree with the following: the mandatory excess ("verplicht eigen risico") is an important topic when I vote*

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Source

Release date

March 2017

Region

Netherlands

Survey time period

2017

Number of respondents

1,325 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Dutch citizens

Supplementary notes

* This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Het eigen risico is belangrijk wanneer ik ga stemmen"

The source does not specify the date of the survey.

In the Netherlands it is compulsory from the age of 18 to pay a total mandatory excess before the basic insurance reimburses medical costs. This principle was introduced in the Dutch Health Insurance Act (Zvw) in 2008. The mandatory excess can be increased with a voluntary excess.

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