Health care system

The Dutch health care system is referred to as a ‘gatekeeper system’; the General Practitioner (huisarts) or family doctor being the main link to any specialist or hospital. In order to see a medical specialist at the hospital, you will need to make an appointment with your GP to get a referral.

Without exception, health insurance is compulsory for every person who lives or works in the Netherlands. Insurance reimburses a part of your medical expenses, depending on the level of cover you have chosen. You may also opt to take out additional insurance to cover costs not included in the basic package.