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Opinion of respondents on the mandatory excess in the Netherlands 2017

This statistic shows the answers to a survey question on the mandatory excess (in Dutch: verplicht eigen risico) in health insurance in the Netherlands in 2017. Approximately 12 percent of the respondents answered they wanted to keep mandatory excess, as it helped to keep healthcare costs manageable.

What would you like to do with the mandatory excess ("verplicht eigen risico") in the health insurance?*

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Release date

March 2017



Survey time period


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: "Wat wilt u doen met het eigen risico voor de zorgverzekering" (English: What would you like to do with the mandatory excess in the health insurance?).

The answers were phrased by the source as follows:
"Behouden, de zorgkosten moeten beheersbaar blijven" (Keep it, healthcare costs need to be manageable).
"Afschaffen, de zorg moet voor iedereen betaalbaar blijven"(Abolish, healthcare has to be affordable for everybody).
"Afschaffen and weer terug naar een no-claim systeem" (Abolish and return to a no-claim system).
"Weet ik (nog) niet" (Do not know).

The source does not specify the method used or the exact date of 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. This can be increased with a voluntary excess.

** Figure was rounded.

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