- Everyone is required by law to have health insurance. Everyone. Dutch citizens get them free or highly subsidized from their government. If you’re a foreigner, you need to get your own insurance coverage from a Dutch company (even if you have international coverage, which I don’t haha) within four months of arrival. Basic coverage is about €100 per person for month… which is hella expensive right?
- That’s because health insurance pays for… pretty much everything. Break your leg? Giving birth? Suffering from a severe asthma attack? Just show up at the doctor’s office or at the hospital, show your insurance card, and pay nothing. Zero. Zip. They will send the bill to your insurance company.
- Everyone is required to register with a general practitioner and dentist. Once you have a permanent address you find a GP and dentist nearest you who will be your doctor for, like, life.
Tonight is our last night at the serviced apartment, so I’m in a spate of last-minute blogging while I still have Internet. There’s also a lot of packing to be done; I can’t tell you how sick I am of packing, repacking and unpacking.