Finding a GP
Finding a General Practitioner (huisarts, GP or family doctor) should be a priority when you are settling down in your new city. Your GP is your link to the medical system, as they will be able to refer you to any specialist. Your health insurance might not cover the costs of a medical specialist if your GP did not write you a referral.
When you pick a GP in your neighbourhood, you will need to register with your personal details and citizen service number (BSN). The GP assistant (a medical trained professional) will often also ask for your health insurance to verify that you are covered. Any bills will immediately be send to your insurance company. Please note that appointments with your GP are always covered by your insurance, but certain specialized treatments (such as testing your blood) may be charged under your deductible.
- The Patients Federation Netherlands offers a rated database of GPs, searchable by postal code (in Dutch).
- Independer, an independent health care rating site, also offers a national database of GPs (in Dutch).
- If you need assistance finding a GP, contact Huisartsen Kring Haaglanden at (070) 302 98 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org for recommendations in The Hague.
Making an appointment
If you need medical advice, your GP will be the right person to go to. Often a quick call will be enough to schedule a standard ten-minute appointment, so your GP will be able to assess what you need help with.
A ten-minute appointment is very short to familiarise yourself with the Dutch healthcare system, get acquainted with your GP and discuss your medical problem. GP appointments are therefore usually very direct and to-the-point. If you feel like you need more time, you should book a double appointment. If you need a translator, your GP will be able to have an interpreter join you over the phone. Under all circumstances, your GP will maintain confidentiality over your personal information.
You will need a referral letter from your GP for most appointments with specialists. This includes mental health professionals. If you decide to see a psychologist or psychiatrist without a referral, your insurance will not cover your session.
International Health Centre The Hague
If you do not feel comfortable with a Dutch GP, you may be interested in a more international health provider. The International Health Centre The Hague (IHCH) offers family and specialist health care to the international and local community. Their services vary from GP assistance to cardiology and dentistry in an English-speaking environment. You do not need any reference to use their services.