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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can receive money for months before your application – starting from the day your rental agreement or health insurance starts.
The healthcare allowance tool can help you calculate and request, change or stop the Dutch healthcare allowance (zorgtoeslag). All you have to do is fill in the requested information and the tool will calculate the allowance you are eligible for.
Dutch health insurance is compulsory for residents in the Netherland. Since it can be quite expensive, the government offers a compensation for the costs of the basic healthcare insurance.
To qualify for the healthcare allowance, you have to meet these requirements:
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You have a BSN number.
- You have a Dutch health insurance.
- You have an EU nationality or residence permit.
- Your earnings are below the threshold.
The Dutch tax authorities distinguish between being single and having a fiscal partner (toeslagpartner). The income requirements are the following:
- Single: gross income < EUR 27,857 per year, savings < EUR 107,752.
- With a fiscal partner: collective income < EUR 35,116 per year, collective savings < EUR 132,752.
The amount of the allowance will depend on your total income. The maximum allowance on yearly base is € 1,056 (or for couples: € 2,040). To see how much you may be entitled to receive, use our allowance calculator.
You can apply for healthcare allowance through the official website of the Dutch tax authorities.
To use our healthcare allowance tool, you will only need your BSN number. All other required documents will be requested at a later stage.
The benefit will not be deducted from your health insurance costs. You will pay the full health insurance amount and receive healthcare benefit separately from the Dutch Tax office.
Healthcare Allowance From The Dutch Government
It is important for international students to be well prepared for their stay in the Netherlands. This means that getting to know the country is not your only job. You also have to take care of your finances. For instance, in addition to your daily expenses, you probably need the Dutch health insurance too. Especially if you are an international student planning to work alongside your studies. However, the health insurance is expensive. And as a student, there’s a chance you don’t have a lot of money to spend. Luckily, there is a way you can get some of your money back. In fact, you might even get more in benefits than your insurance costs you. How? By applying for the Dutch healthcare allowance.
The healthcare allowance is a monthly compensation from the Dutch government. Its aim is to help you cover the costs of the basic healthcare insurance. This means that if you have limited financial means, you most likely are eligible for reduced health insurance costs. In fact, you can get a significant amount of compensation that depends on your income and family situation. For example, it can rise up to 89 EUR a month if you earn less than 19,000 EUR per year. Besides couples qualify for more. And the good news is that it is extremely simple to apply for it. As a matter of fact, we have created a new allowance tool. It will help you calculate and request your healthcare allowance. If you use this tool, you will be able to claim the allowance without leaving your computer screen. Not to mention it’s completely in English and you only need your BSN number to start.