The Dutch healthcare system is among the best in the world. Residents have access to high-quality specialised care. The government is responsible for the quality, accessibility and affordability of care.
Insurance in the Netherlands
If you are working or living in the Netherlands, it is compulsory to have health insurance. This is even the case if you are only staying for a year. A basic insurance package, as 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.
Your GP and dentist in the Netherlands
Once you have moved into your new house in the Arnhem - Nijmegen - Wageningen area, you should immediately start looking for a GP and dentist close to your home and make appointments to meet them both. Be sure to find someone you like and trust enough to register with them. If not, feel free to shop around, so you won't have to go through tiresome procedures to change your GP or dentist later on. In order to find a GP and dentist near you, visit the website of the municipality in which you are registered; a list of all active GPs and dentists is usually provided. If not, you can search for a practice in the area.
Usually, people visit their dentists about twice a year for a check-up and make additional appointments for any treatment that is required. Depending on your supplementary insurance package, some or most of the costs will be covered.
Emergency services in the Netherlands
Medical services are available 24/7. For urgent matters outside regular working hours, your doctor’s voicemail service will direct you to the closest out-of-hours medical centre [‘Huisartsenpost’], so you can consult the on-duty GP and they will be able to help you out.
In life-threatening or other emergency situations you should call 1-1-2, which is the emergency telephone number through which an operator can directly contact the police, medical services and the fire department for you.
Hospitals in the Netherlands
Below you can find the names and websites of general hospitals in our region, per local area:
Arnhem and surroundings
- Rijnstate Ziekenhuis (website in Dutch language only), with local medical centres in the city centre of Arnhem, in Arnhem-Zuid, Zevenaar and Velp.
Nijmegen and surroundings
- Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital (CWZ) (website in Dutch language only).
- University Medical Centre Radboud UMC (website in English as well as Dutch language)
- St. Maartenskliniek (specialised in physical rehabilitation, posture and movement) / (website in Dutch and German language).
Wageningen and surroundings
- Gelderse Vallei Ziekenhuis (website in Dutch language only).
Despite the fact that some websites are only available in Dutch, the hospitals will help you everywhere in both English and Dutch.
Pharmacies in the Netherlands
Medication prescribed by your GP, dentist or hospital physicians can only be bought at pharmacies. These are usually open during office hours but there is also a general 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.