Healthcare

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’: the General Practitioner (huisarts) or family doctor being the main link to any specialist or hospital. You will need to make an appointment with your GP to get a referral to see a medical specialist at the hospital.

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 coverage you have chosen. You may also opt to take out additional insurance to cover costs not included in the basic package.  

The Dutch healthcare system functions well. The child mortality rate is 0.4 percent, one of the lowest in the world.