As told above, Dutch health care policies are made up of two components:

  • Basic insurance (basisverzekering)
  • Additional insurance (aanvullende verzekering)

Basic insurance is compulsory, and it provides access to the same basic coverage across all health insurers, as it’s set by the government. It costs around €100 per month.

If you expect to need additional medical treatment, you might also need to op for extra coverage. This is the part where private health insurance providers (zorgverzekeraars) compete with one another to offer policies that are best tailored to your expected health needs and lifestyle. This will of course increase your premium. Below you will find a general overview of the services covered by the basic and additional insurance.

Healthcare in the Netherlands

Services covered by basic insurance

  • Appointments with your GP (huisarts)
  • Hospital stays, surgery and emergency treatment
  • Ambulance services and patient transport
  • Prescription medication
  • Blood tests
  • Dental care for children under 18
  • Limited dental care for adults over 18, restricted to dental surgery, dental X-rays
  • Mental health care
  • Appointments with medical specialists such as dermatologists, allergists or medical specialists
  • Pregnancy and birth care and midwifery services
  • Maternity care (kraamzorg)
  • Services for the disabled
  • Elderly care
  • District nursing
  • Certain therapeutic services (such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and dietary advice)
  • Physiotherapy for chronic disorders, covered from the 21st treatment onwards

Please note: for most of services above, you will need to cover part of the costs through your annual deductible excess. There are some services that do not require any contribution, however, such as:

  • Appointments with your GP
  • Dental health care and physiotherapy for children under 18
  • Pregnancy and birth care and midwifery services

An overview of the basic insurance coverage can be found on the website of the Dutch government (in Dutch).

Dentist in the Netherlands

Services covered by additional insurance

A great number of services are (partially) covered by additional health insurance, such as:

  • Dental care for adults over 18, including dentist check-ups, fillings, hygiene, cleaning and dental implants
  • Emergency health care during international travel
  • Alternative medical treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy (alternatieve geneeswijzen)
  • Vaccinations
  • Contraception
  • Glasses and contact lenses
  • Hearing aids
  • Plastic surgery