Is it mandatory to have a health insurance in the Netherlands?
It is mandatory. After arrival, and having registered in the Municipality, you have 4 months to get a local insurance policy; otherwise you could be fined.
Where do I go in case of an emergency?
In case of a serious emergency or an accident, call 112 for an ambulance. You can go to the First Aid point in the nearest hospital (make sure to bring your insurance card). For non-life threatening emergencies call your GP (outside office hours there might be a voice recording with additional options.
Do children need to have a health insurance?
Yes. Children need to be registered with a local insurance company (they are covered for free until the age of 18). For more information please refer to our Health Care document.
What type of vaccination program is followed in the Netherlands?
It consists of 4 stages, and all vaccines are given at the Consultatie Bureau.
Do I need to register with a general practitioner in the Netherlands?
Yes. Once you are registered with a local insurance company, you can register with a GP, who will be your point of contact for all medical matters.
How do I choose my general practitioner?
For more information please refer to our Health Care document. Chick here to register in our website and download it.