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POLICY/INTERNATIONAL: The new health care system in the Netherlands

It would be great if we could get the US to a system of health insurers competing over the right things. With a universal individual mandate that worked, risk adjustment between insurers, and social solidarity mixed with market incentives — the best of both worlds. The Dutch (pound for pound) have better football, beer and drug laws than anyone else.  And now a very sensible health care system too.

Here’s a video on the new health care system in the Netherlands.

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The Dutch use Euros, not Guilders any more. After visiting the Netherlands last fall to study its health care system, I can tell you that the most important feature is that catastrophic care is paid for by the national government, through national income taxes – which go up to a rate of 52% for the affluent. If we had that type of taxation in the U.S., we could certainly afford universal health care – but Americans do not want to pay such high taxes.

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I’ve tried to figure out some nuts’n bolts of the system. I used Oanda Currency Converter to equate Dutch Guilders to U.S. Dollars. If anyone can find out more about the actual system that would be great. The video paints a good picture. Here are the basics. The basic package: The government has put together a basic package that covers about the same as the previous system. Health insurance companies are legally obliged to offer at least this basic package and can not reject anybody who is applying for it. With the basic package you are covered for the following:… Read more »