According to a study by Patient Federation Netherlands, 76% of patients end up with additional costs on top of their health insurance premiums.
Those suffering from long-term illnesses, in particular, incur extra bills, the institution’s director Dianda Veldman told broadcaster RTL Nieuws.
“They all end up paying more, for healthcare and other issues,” she said.
“And if you don’t have much to start with, it can be tough.”
Of the people who faced additional fees, half of them said they had to pay between €500 and €5,000 extra each year for healthcare. This involves fees for medicine, dental care, which is not covered by basic health insurance, spectacles or contact lenses and physiotherapy.
The cost of transport and parking was another compulsory expense. About 8,000 people participated in the study carried out by the federation.
Many drugs such as antacids and sleeping pills are no longer included in the basic health insurance plan, while the Dutch government recently introduced a €250 limit on the amount patients have to pay for medicines prescribed by their physician.