On this page you can find information about healthcare in the Netherlands. You can find answers to questions such as; where are the nearest emergency units, how do I arrange health insurance, and where can I find a GP?
The Dutch healthcare system is referred to as a ‘gatekeeper system’ because the General Practitioner (huisarts) or family doctor is the one who will refer you to any specialist or hospital - for mental and/or physical healthcare. You will need to make an appointment with your GP in order to get a referral to see a medical specialist at the hospital.
Health insurance is compulsory for every person who lives or works in the Netherlands, although there are a few exceptions (e.g. PhD students). You can check if you need health insurance at Zorgverzekeringslijn.nl. You can be fined if you do not get insurance when required.
Your health insurance provider reimburses a part of your medical expenses, depending on the level of coverage you have chosen. You may also opt to take out additional insurance to cover costs not included in the basic package.