Will you soon be working in the Netherlands as a foreign national? Then it is important to take out the right health insurance. A basic healthcare plan is mandatory, however, you may also opt for supplementary insurance. If you want to know more about health insurance for immigrants, HollandZorg is the right place to inquire. You can already find some general information below.
First: a residence permit
Would you like to work in the Netherlands and are you coming from abroad? Then you generally have a legal obligation to take out a Dutch health insurance. Aside from that, it is important that you have a residence permit, unless you are a national from one of the EU countries, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, or Switzerland. Do you have a foreign nationality and does your spouse come from any of the countries listed above? Then you are required to arrange for a residence permit. You can apply for a residence permit through the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). The IND is part of the Ministry of Justice and Defence and is responsible for the Dutch aliens policy. The IND has the mandate to approve or reject residence permit applications of aliens who wish to live and/or work in the Netherlands.
European Health Insurance Card
The European Health Insurance CardorEHIC card is a personal card. It guarantees that all citizens of the EU are insured for urgent medical care in a different member state than their home country.
Suppose you are living in France and you are on holiday in the Netherlands. During your stay, you fall and break your leg. You need to go to a hospital and this visit incurs costs. With the EHIC card, you can be compensated for these costs. The hospital where you are treated can see that you come from an EEA country or Switzerland. You may not always be compensated for the costs in full. In some cases, statutory fixed percentages apply. The purpose of the EHIC card is that you do not have to return to your country of origin to receive urgent medical care if needed.