Dutch Basic Health insurance and internships in The Netherlands

Dutch Basic Health Insurance & your internship

Are you going to do an internship in The Netherlands? Or will you start working for a few hours per week in The Netherlands alongside your studies? Then you will often need to take out a Dutch public health insurance, called the 'Basiszorgverzekering' (Basic Health Insurance).

  

Do I need to take out a Dutch Basic Health Insurance? 

The NUFFIC has a flowchart that can help you find out what applies to your situation. If this flow chart tells you you you need a Dutch public health care insurance, you can apply for the Dutch Basic Health Insurance. 

Go to the flowchart

How can I get a Dutch Basic Health Insurance? 

We provide Dutch Basic Health insurance by our partner IAK. 

Find out more about Basic Health insurance


I have received a letter from the Zorginstituut Nederland

When you’re registered in the Netherlands, it can happen that you’ll receive an automatically generated letter from the Zorginstituut Nederland (Health institute The Netherlands). In this letter they’ll state that you need to apply for the Dutch Basic Health Insurance at a Dutch Health Insurance company and that if you don’t you’ll receive a fine. 

What do I have to do now?  
You can follow the NUFFIC flowchart to see if you indeed must apply for this insurance. In most cases you’re not obligated to apply for the Dutch Basic Health Insurance at all. If our test tells you that you’re not obligated to apply for the Dutch Basic Health Insurance, then you have to do one more thing. You must fill in this letter and send it to the Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB). 

The SVB will do a final check, by using the form you filled in and send them. They’ll determine whether you need to apply for the Dutch Basic Health Insurance or not. They will give you the result of the test within a few weeks. If you don’t need to apply for the Dutch Basic Health Insurance then you don’t need to do anything. The SVB will contact Zorginstituut Nederland and tell them you don’t have to apply for the insurance. You’ll receive a confirmation of this from the Zorginstituut Nederland. 

If the SVB decides that you have to apply for the insurance, then you must make sure that you do this within a few weeks time. You can apply for a Dutch Basic Health Insurance here.