On 1 May 2006, 1.5 percent of people living in the Netherlands were not insured for medical expenses. In special-attention areas and other (very) highly urbanised areas, the percentage of uninsured was marginally higher. On average, 2.6 percent of the 800 thousand residents of special-attention areas had no health insurance. In various special-attention areas, the proportion of uninsured did not exceed the nationwide average. In the Meezenbroek district in Heerlen, only 0.8 percent of residents had no health insurance. With 7.8 percent, the highest proportion of uninsured was recorded in the district Rivierenwijk in Deventer.
Uninsured and defaulters, 2006
On 31 December 2006, 1.5 percent of the Dutch population aged 18 years or older were in default of payment of their basic health insurance. With 1.9 and 3.6 percent respectively, the proportion of defaulters was higher in (very) highly urbanised areas and special-attention areas. Unlike uninsured, the proportion of defaulters was above the nationwide average in all special-attention areas.