Other health care providers

A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION TO THE DUTCH HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

In the Netherlands, if you want to see a doctor, the first person you need to go to is your general practitioner, or, in Dutch "huisarts". Usually the GP will handle your medical problem himself or herself. If you and your GP deem it necessary, you may be referred to a hospital doctor. A referral letter will be sent to the hospital, usually electronically. Some hospitals will send you a letter with an appointment. In other cases you need to make an appointment yourself by telephone. Waiting times are typically between two to six weeks.

Only in cases of emergencies or accidents should you go to a hospitals' accident and emergency department. You do not need a referral to go to a physiotherapist ("fysiotherapeut") or certain psychologists ("eerstelijns psycholoog"), although some Dutch health care insurance companies do require a referral letter from your GP for reimbursement of the costs.

Not all health car insurance companies have contracts with all hospitals. As we general practitioners cannot check which helath care companies have contracts with which hospitals, it is your responsibility to check if your hospital costs will be reimbursed.

In the menu on the left, you can find information about other health care providers in Groningen.