When relocating to another country, it is very important to familiarise yourself with the healthcare system. In the Netherlands, health care is well-organised, but the system does differ from other countries.
Our health care services may include taking out a health insurance, assistance with registration at the GP and dentist offices, and providing information on the healthcare system.
Please be informed that it is obligatory for all residents of the Netherlands to have at least a basic health insurance plan. The basic health insurance can be extended by additional health insurance coverage, depending on your medical needs. If you are not insured within the first 4 months after becoming a Dutch citizen, you will be fined. We gladly offer our assistance with taking out a health insurance.
Registration at a family doctor and dentist
In the Netherlands, family doctors and dentists are organised by postcode areas; meaning they only accept patients living close by. The family doctor/General Practitioner (GP) is the first point of contact when health problems occur. The GP deals with routine health issues and acts as a gatekeeper, referring you on to specialists if needed, e.g. dermatologists, midwife practices, physical therapists, etc.
We will be pleased to help you find a GP’s and dentist office and assist with the registration procedure.
Pharmacies are common and it is likely that there will be one near your home or your workplace. Here, registration is also required and a step of your relocation we’ll be happy with assist with!
Information about the Dutch healthcare system
It is very important to be informed on how the Dutch healthcare system works. This way you are prepared and know where to go when in need of medical assistance. Our team is happy to inform you!
In case of a life threatening emergency, then call 112 directly and ask for an ambulance.
The role of the doctor or gynaecologist in a ‘normal’ pregnancy (meaning without foreseen medical complications) in the Netherlands is minor and in most cases not involved at all. The midwife is the medic who will assist you during your pregnancy and the birth of your child.
You will visit the midwife regularly, starting about once per month in the beginning of your pregnancy to every week in the last month. Your first appointment will be usually be around the tenth week of your pregnancy. The midwife will inform you on labour options, maternity help after your child is born and the child health clinic that will monitor your baby’s health and development during the first years.
Please note: If your child is ill and needs medical attention, you will always be directed to your family doctor and then if needed a specialist.
Registration of your baby
Within three working days the mother or father should register the baby at the municipality where the baby was born.