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Step 4: Health Insurance

Why do you need Dutch Health Insurance.

It is important to consider that your stay in the Netherlands might not be all perfect. You might get sick or need a doctor or any medical support. To access Dutch healthcare, you will need to apply for Dutch insurance. (If you are a European citizen, your healthcare card will be valid for the first 4 months of your stay).

How to take out Dutch health insurance?

After you registered with a municipality, you can choose your health insurance from one of the Dutch public health insurers. You will be presented with different packages at different prices, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. (REMEMBER: If you do not register for the insurance, the government will send you a fine and will assign you an insurance plan of their choice.) The registration is complete once you have received an insurance policy (in Dutch: polisblad).

Note: Dutch Health Insurance is mandatory when working in The Netherlands. (Even a parttime job) 

Checklist for this step.

Health Care Allowances.

There are ways to travel for free (as a EU Student). This is part of the student finance. Read more about student finance in the next step. 

Our recommendation:

We have done our research and we have one health insurance provider we consider the “best” for international students. 

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