Healthcare insurance

By law, you must have healthcare insurance. The type of healthcare insurance you need depends on your personal situation. You can access healthcare services with a Dutch basic public health insurance, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and with a private healthcare insurance.

Read more on our page about healthcare insurance.

Healthcare services

Emergency health care

If you are in a life-threatening situation, call 112 for an ambulance. In case you have a speech or hearing problem, call 0800 8112. You can type a message to the emergency call centre.

General Practitioner

For non-urgent medical complaints, a prescription for medication, or a referral to a specialist, you can make an appointment with a General Practitioner (GP), or in Dutch: Huisarts. Follow the steps below to find out how to do this.

  • Register with a GP immediately when arriving in the Netherlands. You can search for a GP in your neighbourhood on Google. To register as a new patient, you need to make a phone call or register online on the GP’s website.
  • Register with a pharmacy by calling or registering online. In order to pick up prescribed medication, you need to register with a pharmacy. You can search for a pharmacy nearby on Google and make a phone call or register online.
  • Make an appointment. When you are registered as a new patient at a GP and at a pharmacy, you can make an appointment by calling the GP-office. The doctor’s assistant asks about your complaints and schedules an appointment.
  • Go to the GP-office. Visit the GP-office on the scheduled date and time. If necessary, the GP will prescribe medication. The GP can also issue a referral or prescribe a blood or urine test for further examination.

Out-of-hours Medical Services

If you need the help of a GP and the GP’s office is closed, you can call the Out-of-hours Medical Services in your neighbourhood (Huisartsenpost).

Vaccinations & Examination for infectious diseases

Please see the website of the Public Health Department (GGD) to find more information about vaccinations and examinations for infectious diseases.

Dental care services

Regular basic insurance in the Netherlands does not cover dental costs. Only supplementary insurance can cover up to 100% of dental costs. If you have an EHIC or a private health insurance, please make sure to check whether dental costs are covered.

To find a dentist in your neighbourhood, go to and enter your zip code. You can register as a new patient by making a phone call or registering online.

Mental health services

You can consult a GP with questions and/or concerns about your mental health. Your doctor can issue a referral to a specialist. Besides, many Dutch higher education institutions have their own teams of psychologists to support students. You can contact this team of psychologists at your host institution to receive help with personal and academic issues. Other organisations that can help you are listed below.

For urgent care:

Mental health tips & advices:

Other forms of support available in case you need psychological help:

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