Info Sheet

The Dutch healthcare system is one of the best in the world. It's easy to access and affordable. Here's what you need to know:


Your GP is there to assist you with any health concerns you have. However, they will only refer you to a specialist if they believe it’s necessary for your


Your doctor will request specific tests if they think you need them. However, you can’t go to the doctor just to get general screening tests done without a reason. This includes for example blood test but also diagnostic tests for mental illnesses like ADHD.


You can’t simply request complex tests like CT scans or MRI’s for minor issues. Your GP will determine if such tests are necessary based on your symptoms and medical history.


This one is for the ladies. In the Netherlands, it’s typical for your GP to handle your gynecological appointments. That means you won’t usually need to see a specialist for this.


In the Netherlands accessing physiotherapy is straightforward. You typically won’t need a referral from your GP to see a physiotherapist. You can directly schedule appointments with a physiotherapist for assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal issues or injuries. This allows for quicker access to care when you need it.


If you’re undergoing chronic treatment in your home country you’ll need to provide a medical report when seeking treatment in the Netherlands. This report helps ensure continuity of care and allows your GP and other healthcare providers to understand your medical history and ongoing treatment needs.


Your GP in the Netherlands can provide psychological support if you’re struggling with mental health issues. In case you are a student you can also get direct support from Siggie. For more information: JANSHUISARTSEN.NL