Most people accept that The Netherlands has the best health system in Europe. The scheme is generous and covers a wide range of benefits including paternity, maternity, unemployment and long-term care, along with sickness and disability.
For Europeans moving to the Netherlands, it’s possible to use an EHIC card for the first year. After this, they will need to change to the Dutch health insurance system. Others moving to the Netherlands from outside the EU will need to obtain their insurance within four months after they receive their residence permit.
As it’s such a comprehensive system, it’s not surprising to hear that public Dutch health insurance isn’t cheap. However, you will receive a high level of care in return for your contributions. Everyone is expected to make social security contributions for healthcare, immaterial of working status but a few exceptions do exist.