Healthcare in the Netherlands

How does it work? - Healthcare in the Netherlands


Moving to a new country also means a new environment with different customs and rules. The Hague International Centre is here to help and assist you as much as possible to ensure a smooth transition to your new home.

Therefore, we created a series of animation videos to inform newcomers on a wide range of topics such as healthcare, registration, housing, language, and education in the Netherlands. In this first video we focus on healthcare

Every country has its own healthcare system and rules. In this video, we highlight the most important things newcomers need to know about the Dutch healthcare system and what needs to be arranged upon arrival in the Netherlands.


The Dutch healthcare system is available to everyone, and all citizens living or working in the Netherlands must take out basic health insurance. Besides basic health insurance, you also have the option to choose additional health insurance packages.

There may be some aspects of the Dutch healthcare that can be confusing to newcomers; for example, the role of your GP (general practitioner or family doctor), how insurance works, and getting in touch with the right medical experts. Please visit our dedicated page Healthcare and insurance | The Hague International Centre for more extensive information about healthcare in The Netherlands.