Health care in the Netherlands is one of the best in the world. Residents have access to the best specialist care. The government is responsible for the quality, accessibility and affordability of care.
General Practitioner & Dentist
Once you have moved into your new house, you should immediately start looking for a general practitioner and dentist close to your home and make an appointment to meet the doctor and dentist. In general, you choose your doctor and dentist only once, so be sure you like and trust him/her enough to register with them. If not, feel free to look further because once you've registered it is difficult to change. In order to find a General Practionioner and dentist near you visit the website of the municipality/ community in which you are registered where a list of all GPs and dentists is provided.
Usually you visit your dentist about twice a year for check-ups and you can make additional appointments for any treatment that is required. Depending on your supplementary insurance package, some or most of the costs will be covered.
Medical services are available 24/7. For urgent matters outside regular working hours your doctor’s voice mail service will direct you to the closest Out-of-Hours GP [‘Huisartsenpost’] so you can consult the doctor on duty and s/he will be able to help you further.
In life threatening situations you should always call 1-1-2, which is the emergency telephone number for assistance from the Ambulance, Police and Fire department.
The General Hospitals in the region are:
Wageningen: Gelderse Vallei Ziekenhuis (Dutch only).
Arnhem and surroundings: Rijnstate Ziekenhuis (Dutch only), with locations in Arnhem Center, Arnhem-South, Zevenaar and Velp.
Nijmegen: Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital (CWZ) (Dutch only).
Nijmegen: University Medical Centre Radboud UMC (English)
Nijmegen: St. Maartenskliniek (specialised in posture and movement).(Dutch and German).
Medication prescribed by your GP, dentist or hospital physicians can only be bought at Pharmacies. These are usually open during office hours but also operate on a rotation system to ensure 24/7 coverage throughout the city. 'Lighter' drugs, such as aspirin, can also be bought over-the-counter at all drugstores.
Are you working or living in Holland? For one year or even longer? Then it is compulsary to have a dutch health insurance. A basic insurance package, defined by the government, is mandatory for everyone living in the Netherlands. Optional supplementary insurance packages are available at an additional cost. Insurance companies must accept all applicants. Please visit the English website of the Union of Dutch Healthcare Insurers for information on all Dutch Health Insurance companies.