[Tagging] Feature Proposal - Voting - Tag:insurance:health

Marc Gemis marc.gemis at gmail.com
Fri Aug 2 09:35:17 UTC 2019

I think this tag is useless for Belgium, but that does not mean it is
useful in other countries.
Let me explain the Belgian situation, so perhaps you can help me here to
decide whether it should be used or not.

Everybody in Belgium has public health insurance by one of the 4
"ziekenfondsen". Every health care provider works with them. In some cases,
you have to pay the full amount upfront (e.g. dentist), and send the bill
to your health care insurance to get some refunding. In other cases, the
health care provider only charges you with the amount the public health
insurance providers do not pay. (Think hospitals). Typically not the whole
amount is refunded, but special tariffs apply for certain groups of people.

On top of that you can have a private insurance, which e.g. pay for a
single room in a hospital. Sometimes the hospital will send the bill
directly to them (*) in other cases you have to pay the remaining amount
(not covered by public insurance), and send the bill to your private
insurance. Depending on the case and your individual insurance plan, they
will pay you back some amount.

(*) it is still possible that you have to pay a small part of the total

So I doubt it makes sense to map them in Belgium, what do you think ?


On Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 10:19 PM Mhairi O'Hara <mhairi.ohara at hotosm.org>

> Voting is now open for the proposed feature insurance:health
> "Indicates the type of health insurance accepted at a health facility"
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Tag:insurance:health
> Please read the page, then add your vote and any additional comments here:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Tag:insurance:health#Voting
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