One million

The Netherlands just got a whole new system for health insurance. Under this new system, people are not automatically insured as soon as their income drops below a certain treshold. What this means in practice is that an expected 1 million people (more than 6% of the population) will be uninsured, up from 250.000. Amidst the deafening silence on this topic, hospitals are busy defining just what constitutes ’emergency care’. And ofcourse one million is just the beginning. Just imagine how cheap and docile the workers will be once we get to the level of America…

Apart from the blatently obvious social issue of such a rich country no longer providing basic health care for its people, has anyone ever considered the health aspects of living in the same city as large amounts of people who will not go see a doctor when they’re sick?