‘Verdragspolis’: reimbursement of healthcare in the Netherlands

  • You have foreign medical expenses insurance
  • You live in the Netherlands and want to have access to healthcare here
  • You want reimbursement for your medical expenses in the Netherlands
Register for the ‘Verdragspolis’

This information was updated on: 12 December 2020

What is the 'Verdragspolis'?

You live in the Netherlands, so if you require healthcare here, you want it reimbursed without any unnecessary complications, even though you already have foreign medical expenses insurance. The 'Verdragspolis' makes this possible, without having to pay an extra premium.

When you should consider the 'Verdragspolis'?

You can register for the 'Verdragspolis' if:

  • you work in a foreign country or receive a pension or benefits from a foreign country; or
  • you live in the Netherlands and are insured in an EU countries
    Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus (only the Greek part), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, French Guyana, Martinique, Mayotte, St. Martin and La Réunion), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including Ceuta, Melilla and the Canary Islands), Sweden, and the United Kingdom (including Gibraltar).
    EEA countries
    These countries are not part of the EU, but EU rules apply all the same: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The same applies to Switzerland.
    Treaty countries outside the EU/EEA
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cape Verde, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Morocco, Serbia, Tunisia and Turkey.

How the ‘Verdragspolis’ works

The ‘Verdragspolis’ provides you with reimbursement for healthcare services in the Netherlands just as if you were insured in the Netherlands. The reimbursements are the same as you would get if you had the CZ ‘Zorg-op-maatpolis’ policy. Healthcare you receive in the country where you are insured is covered by your regular foreign health insurance policy.

Since you are already paying premiums to your foreign health insurer, you do not need to pay premiums for the ‘Verdragspolis’. You do have to pay the The amount that you first pay yourself before you receive a reimbursement. The government determines the compulsory deductible, this is €385 in 2021. The 'Verdragspolis' does not have a voluntary deductible. The deductible applies only to the basic insurance.
For some healthcare you do not pay any deductible, such as the general practitioner and maternity care. You do not pay any deductible if you use healthcare in the country where you work or receive a benefit or pension.
for healthcare you receive in the Netherlands though.

In addition to the reimbursements provided under the ‘Verdragspolis’, you are also entitled to healthcare under the Dutch Long-Term Care Act (‘Wet langdurige zorg’, Wlz). This can involve healthcare benefits in kind, such as admission to a healthcare facility and the related nursing care.

Tip! Extra cover with an additional insurance package

If you want more extensive reimbursement for healthcare in the Netherlands, such as for physiotherapy and dental costs, you can also take out an additional insurance package with CZ. You will need to pay a premium for the additional insurance.

How to register for the ‘Verdragspolis’

  1. Request the appropriate E106/S1/E121 form

    Request the If you are working in an EU, EEA or treaty country or in Switzerland, you will need an E106 or S1 form. If you receive a pension or benefit from one of these countries, you will need an E121 or S1 form. You can request the appropriate form from your health insurer.
    from your foreign medical expenses insurer. We cannot complete your registration without this form.

  2. Complete the registration form

    Complete the online ‘Verdragspolis’ registration form to register with CZ.

  3. Send us relevant information

    Send us the documents and details we ask for. For example, the E106/S1/E121 form issued by your foreign health insurer. When you have completed the registration form, you will see the details we require and how you can send them to us.

4 things you need to know when you have a ‘Verdragspolis’

  • if you have received healthcare in the Netherlands, we arrange everything with your foreign health insurer. You do not need to take any action yourself.
  • if you have to pay a deductible for your healthcare, we will charge this amount to you.
  • as a person residing in one treaty country with health insurance in another, you are no longer entitled to the healthcare allowance. You must inform the Dutch tax authorities (‘Belastingdienst’) accordingly.
  • if your situation changes, be sure to let us know within 4 months. For example, if you no longer work abroad, if a family member has started working in the Netherlands, or if you or a family member receive benefits. You may no longer qualify for the ‘Verdragspolis’ in such cases. More information is available in the voluntary healthcare costs cover agreement (‘vrijwillige overeenkomst zorgkostendekking’) from CAK.

Frequently asked questions

Useful websites

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Grensinfo.nl

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