I work in the Netherlands and live abroad

Because you work in the Netherlands, you are insured under the Long-Term Care Act (Wlz). You are then obliged to have Dutch health insurance. Your family members may be able to co-insure you if you live in a treaty country. You then pay a healthcare contribution to the CAK for them.

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What is your situation?

If you move to a country with which the Netherlands has no treaty, you will have to take out health insurance for your family members in that country. You are also not entitled to a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This also applies to the ‘Dutch Antilles’ (Caribbean part of the Kingdom and the BES Islands) and Suriname.

Do you live in a country with which the Netherlands has a treaty? In that country you will be entitled to medical care in accordance with the rules applicable there. You may be able to co-insure your family members. The health insurance fund in your country of residence determines that. You will then pay a healthcare contribution to the CAK for your family members. Read below what to do.

What steps should I take?

Please inform your Dutch health insurance company that you live in another (treaty) country. Ask for a form (E)106 or a document S1 that allows you to register with the health insurance company or the health insurance fund in your country of residence. With that registration, you are entitled to medical care in your country of residence in accordance with the rules applicable there.

Notify the health insurance company or health insurance fund in your country of residence of your family members. If your family members can indeed be co-insured, the health insurance fund in your country of residence will notify the CAK. We will register your family members as co-insured beneficiaries. Your country of residence will settle the costs of their medical care with the Netherlands.

For each co-insured member of the family aged 18 and over, you pay a healthcare contribution to the CAK. This contribution is comparable to the premium for health insurance. We will send you an invoice for this every year. At the end of the calendar year you will receive an annual statement.

Does anything change in the composition or situation of your family? Then report this as soon as possible to the health insurance fund in your country of residence and to the CAK. These changes may affect the level of the healthcare contribution you have to pay. For example: 

  • when the number of co-insured persons changes; 
  • when a member of the family finds work;  
  • when you or a family member are moving. 

You can notify us of changes via our contact form.

What care are my family members entitled to?

Your family members are entitled to medical care in their country of residence, as provided for there by law. The coverage of the package is equal to the basic insurance in that country. They will have the same rights and obligations as other residents who are legally insured in that country. For example, if their country of residence has a obligatory deductable excess for medical care, it will also apply to your family members. However, the Netherlands does not cover such costs. 

The health insurance fund in their country of residence can give you more information about: 

  • the care to which your family members are entitled; 
  • any deductable excesses, if any;  
  • possible supplementary insurance.

If your family members live in an EU/EEA country or in Switzerland or the United Kingdom, they are also entitled to medical care in the Netherlands. For this care in the Netherlands, your family members can use the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). More information about care in the Netherlands can be found on the website of the Zilveren Kruis

If your family members make use of medical care in the Netherlands, Zilveren Kruis will pay the costs incurred directly with the doctor or healthcare institution in the Netherlands. They are only entitled to healthcare which is included in the Dutch Health Insurance Act and the Long-Term Care Act. 

Other treaty country

If your family members do not live in an EU/EEA country or in Switzerland or the United Kingdom, they will always need supplementary or travel insurance when staying in the Netherlands. They are not entitled to healthcare outside their country of residence at the expense of the Netherlands. They also do not receive an EHIC from the CAK.

Do you live in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland or the United Kingdom and go on holiday to another EU/EEA country or Switzerland or the United Kingdom? Then your family members are entitled to necessary medical care according to the laws and regulations that apply there. They need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). They can request the EHIC online from us. 

We also recommend that you always take out travel insurance. The EHIC usually does not offer 100 % coverage. If your family members go on holiday to other countries, they are subject to supplementary or travel insurance. 

Other treaty country

If your family members do not live in an EU/EEA country or in Switzerland or the United Kingdom, they will always need supplementary or travel insurance during holidays. They are not entitled to healthcare outside their country of residence at the expense of the Netherlands. They also do not receive an EHIC from the CAK.

Last modified on 11 January 2021

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