November 8, 2012 6:47:35 PM CET
You can compare prices of policies on websites like www.kiesbeter.nl or www.independer.nl
If you consider the cheapest policies, remember that you get what you pay for. For example, it's likely that a policy costing €80 per month, if you can find one, will come with a HUGE own-pay should you require treatment (and you never know if you will - that's the whole idea behind insurance). If you can afford to pay €720 should you require, for example, emergency treatment, then it's a reasonable option. But if the thoughts of needing to pay such a huge bill makes you lose sleep, then it might be worth paying the extra twenty/twenty-five euros per month for a normal policy. After all, your internship should be paying you a small sum each month to cover these things. Also, some of these cheap policies have conditions about which services you use (like you can't get your medicine from the pharmacy, you must order online - not good if you're in pain!), or which hospital you need to go to for treatment, even if it's miles away from where you live.
If you're earning less than the minumum wage (and you probably are) and if you have a Dutch health policy, then you should qualify for zorgtoeslag. Google 'zorgtoeslag aanvragen' for more information.
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