As we mentioned in the previous article, it is required to arrange health insurance when you want to live or work in the Netherlands. To support people on a low income, the Dutch government offers healthcare allowance (zorgtoeslag). It is a contribution of the government to cover a part of the monthly premiums of the health insurance. What are the requirements? How much can I receive? And how can I arrange health care allowance? Read further to get more information about the allowance.
There are some requirements in order to qualify for the healthcare allowance. The allowance is income dependent, and based on your income the government will calculate how much contribution you will receive. You must meet the following conditions in order to qualify for the healthcare allowance:
- You need to be 18 years old.
- Having a Dutch health insurance.
- Having an EU nationality.
- Your annual income cannot exceed a certain amount.
- Your savings/assets cannot exceed a certain amount.
The Dutch government makes a distinction between ‘’no fiscal partner’’ and ‘’with fiscal partner’’ in order to calculate the amount of healthcare allowance.
- No fiscal partner: maximum gross income of €32.000 and a maximum of €120.020 of savings (2022).
- With fiscal partner: maximum gross income of €41.000 and a maximum of €151.767 of savings (2022).
How much can you receive?
As you know, the healthcare allowance is income dependent and will reduce as your salary increases. You can calculate your allowance by filling in your annual income by using the calculator on the website of the Dutch government. Also, you can use the table below to see how much healthcare allowance you will receive.
|Annual gross income||No fiscal partner||With fiscal partner|
|No income||€111||€ 212|
|€ 39.000||€0||€ 24|
|€ 41.000 or more||€0||€0|
*These calculations apply for the year 2022
How to request healthcare allowance?
There are a few ways to request the healthcare allowance:
- Using the Dutch Mijn toeslagen You just need to have a DigiD in order to login and fill everything in.
- Visiting a local Dutch tax office.
- Calling 0800-0543. It is a free number available from Monday to Thursday 8:00- 20:00 and Friday 8:00 – 17:00.