- 16 January 2014
- 14 January 2015
Internationals moving to The Hague region will be happy to learn that Dutch health care is among the very best in the world, although it may take some time getting used to it. The most important things to arrange when dealing with medical matters are listed on this page. Also listed are useful sites, where you can find all sorts of health institutions in the region.
Everybody moving to the Netherlands must show proof of a valid medical insurance upon arrival, and must sign up for Dutch healthcare insurance within four months after their arrival (except some internationals who work for certain international organisations and embassies). Healthcare is funded through taxes and mandatory health insurance fees so it is an accessible social service.
The second step is to register with a General Practitioner (GP) or family doctor (huisarts). Your family doctor remains your first point of contact for all medical issues in the Netherlands.
On the ACCESS website you will find useful information on how Healthcare is organised in the Netherlands. Most doctors in the Netherlands speak English. Contact ACCESS for a list of doctors who speak other languages in your area.
On CheckNL you find Healthcare FAQ's and you can look up different medical institutions (Healthcare general, Physical therapists, and Mental Health professionals, General Practitioners, Dentists, Maternity Care Agencies, Midwives and Hospitals).
The municipality of Delft offers more information on Healthcare and their institutions.
Den Haag (The Hague)
Visit the municipality website for more information about Healthcare in The Hague.