In the Netherlands, everybody is entitled to medical care by law. Everyone who lives in the Netherlands and enjoys an income in, or from, the Netherlands, is legally obliged to have at least a basic health insurance (‘basisverzekering‘)*.
In return, providers of health insurance are legally obliged to accept every applicant as a costumer. This so-called basic package (‘basispakket’)* covers all costs for the most common medical care.
The exact coverage of the basic package is determined by the Dutch government, who is also able to adjust the contents of the package if necessary.
*Note that ‘basisverzekering’ and ‘basispakket’ can be used interchangeably.