In the Netherlands, the huisarts (General Practitioner, GP) plays an important role in health care. A visit to your GP is your first stop on your way to receive medical treatment, whatever doctor you might need. A GP in the Netherlands is well trained for all sorts of treatments for which you are used to be referred to the hospital specialist in your home-Country.
Refer to hospital
If the GP refers you to the hospital, The specialist keeps him informed about your medical problems. Therefor, the GP is the collector of all your medical information, and he is the only one in the medical system who has contact with all the medical institutions you might visit. Without a referral note from your General Practitioner, it is very hard to make an appointment with a specialist. Without the referral note, your health insurance company might not reimburse you if you have a Dutch Insurance.
Close to your home
It is advisable to register at a GP close to your home. This makes it easier for you to visit the practice and for the doctor to visit you (in case your medical problems makes it unable to visit the Practice). It is advisable to register with a GP once you know where you will be living.
Not insured in the Netherlands?
In case you don’t have a valid insurance card of a dutch insurance company, you have to pay for the consultation directly. We accept cash, pin or creditcards. The cost of a consultation are fixed and determined by the Dutch Heath Authority.
Temporary closed for new registration
Do you live in our Area Rotterdam and need a GP? At the moment we are closed for new registrations and we recommend you to contact IHCR. They treat your questions and medical situation confidentially and with care. Their GP’s and co-workers can speak and understand English well, which makes it easier for you to clearify your situation. For more information, see ihcr.nl