ECHR: Court rejects case on compulsory health insurance

In its decision in the case of De Kok v. the Netherlands (application no. 1443/19) the European Court of Human Rights has, unanimously, declared the application inadmissible. The decision is final. The applicant complained about the obligation to buy basic health insurance in the Netherlands and the consequences of his not having done so. The Court did not express itself on the applicability of Article 8. Assuming that there had been an interference under that Article, it found, in particular, that in order to ensure affordable healthcare by means of collective solidarity the State had legitimate reasons for obliging citizens to take out health insurance under Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights and Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 (protection of property) to the European Convention. It also rejected complaints under Articles 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) and 6 (right to a fair trial). Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »