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Stop de Herkeuringen

Den Hague Demonstation

Stop the Evaluations.

The action committee ‘Stop the Re-evaluations’ held a demonstration in Den Hague on March 21st.

It appears that under the new House of Representatives the disability evaluations are going to continue as they have under the last government. For those on disability that are 45 or older as of July 1st 2004 there is some relief as they are not to be called on the carpet. For those younger than 45 the nightmare continues. People are miraculously healed while attending the screening. They walk in disabled and walk out being told they are able to work. There is no hope of them ever getting a job as companies are not looking to waste their time and energy on people who really cannot work, even with the bribe (subsidies) offered by the government. Not only will the the ‘healed’ not get a job but they also lose their disability premiums.

Apparently just over 100 persons showed up for the demonstration. Not too bad considering it was a work day and that the persons who are disabled would have a hard time making the trip to Den Hague. What also surprises me is that it was not covered in the news. I read a short article in one of the online papers and other than that I did not see it anywhere. I find this questionable and wonder what that is all about. Could be because the Socialistic Party plays a big role in helping the hundreds of thousands of people that have been affected by this new criteria and evaluation system for the disabled.

This problem is not going to go away here in Holland and the SP is also not going to go away. It is time to take a serious look at the criteria that is being used to evaluate the disabled. Changing a persons status from disabled to abled in a one hour session is creating a whole set of problems to which there are no solutions. (SP)

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Health Premium Subsidies 2006

4.9 million Netherlanders received health premium subsidies last year, totaling 2,5 billion euros.

According the the bureau of statistics 1 out of every 3 persons over 18 yrs of age was entitles to premium subsidies. The average was 480 euros per year.

The subsidies are handed out according to a persons income. The less the income the more you are subsidies. The maximum one (a family) can receive is 1155 euros.

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Again, to have a look at how a family situation of two adults is affected by the Dutch health insurance premiums have a look at an earlier post of mine.

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Walking Aids Insurance Coverage

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Too bazaar for words….

I guess insurance companies (here in Holland) are not making enough money yet.. and who better to take if from than those who can afford it the least – the elderly and the disabled.

The ‘College of Health Insurance’ put together an in-depth report concerning aids for staying mobile and their coverage in the basic insurance packages.

Ten million euros can be saved by insurance companies if they remove walkers, walking canes and sticks for the blind from the package.

The organizations states there is no reason the elderly or those needing these devices cannot pay for them themselves. The price of a walker can be anywhere from 100 to 1500 euros.

Organizations who serve the interest of handicap and chronically ill persons are angry. This discussion has been going on for years and our new health minister Ab Klink get to make the final decision.

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Dutch Support Iraq

 Iraq

The House of Representatives vetoed a motion to investigate the Dutch political support of the war in Iraq.

Our Socialist Party counted on the Labour Party (PvdA) to support this motion as they were great supporters of this in the campaign leading to the Nov 22 elections.

PvdA leader Tichelaar stated that this point was lost during the formation process because neither the Christian Union nor the Christian Democrats were for this investigation. SP and D66 party leaders called this “incredible”.

“If this is not a breaking point, What is?”

asks SP leader Marijnissen.

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Absolutely incredible. The US and England have both done investigations into their involvement and yet the Dutch are not doing this. In fact from what I understand from the debate yesterday, we are still supporting this war and to date our Prime Minister Balkenende has not talked to Bush to withdraw his support. Balkenende has stated time and time again that he does not want this investigation, saying he wants to ‘move forward, not look back’. What is he trying to hide?

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Insurance Drama

Since the implementation of the new health insurance system in Jan of 2006 there are more people who cannot make their monthly payments.

According to the figures 300,000 people have not made payment for six months and a third have never made payments for basic insurance.

Not only are the insurance companies short on these payments but also missing the moneys for the health services that are being given to those not paying. Those paying their premiums are in fact paying for those that are not.

A spokesman for Achmea estimates that some 20,000 to 30,000 clients are unable to get money together to pay for basic health insurance premiums. He also said 70,000 clients have had extended coverage cancelled due to non payment.

The agreement the government made with insurance companies was that they would not terminate peoples basic insurance till July 1st of 2007. (nu)

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For an idea of prices of health insurance check out this post about our situation.

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Bad Service TNT

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On Jan 8th I sent my aunt in Apeldoorn a card with some pictures that I made while I was in Canada. I never heard from her saying she recieved them but figured they arrived safe and sound. I actually thought it was kind of funny as she usually phones me to thank me when I have done this in the past.

Around Feb 19th I sent the same aunt a three page letter telling her what is going on with my life. She called me on Feb 23rd telling me she recieved my letter and two day before it came she got the card I sent her on Jan 8th. When she opened it she thougth I had ‘lost my marbles’ as I wished her an early happy birthday in the card. Her birthday was on Jan 16th. She then checked the date on the envelope and realized what had happened.

The same week of Jan 8th I sent my mom who lives in Canada a book. The girl at the post office sent it priority, which I never do because it costs way more money than standard. Once she had the sticker on I figured what the heck. Only problem is the book never made it over the ocean to my mom. There was not much we could do and no way it could be traced so we just waited assuming it would make it there some time. Well it did…yesterday. I got a call from my dad and it did finally make it. Feb 27th..so about 7 weeks…

I know the postal system has changed from PTT to TNT and I am sure it has something to do with that. I think it has been privatized. What a mess!! Our postal service used to be just excellent and it looks, just like everything else in this country such as health care, home care, public transportation and disability — this too has seen its better days.

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Balkenende IV

Balkenende-IV

Well we finally made it to a new coalition. Queen Beatrix swore in the new crew today at palace ‘Huis ten Bosch’. It took 91 days from the November 22 elections to get to this point.

Though I like a few of the things they have come up with in the formation, there is a lot left to be desired. Let’s see how they do and how long they last.
Source: Rtl

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