General Practitioner (Huisarts)

A general practitioner or family doctor (huisarts) gives full medical assistance. 

It is strongly recommended that you register with a general practitioner upon your arrival in the Netherlands. The international office ( can help you with questions about health insurance and GPs in the Netherlands. If you wish to see your GP, you must make an appointment. Consultations are not free. If you wish to see a specialist you will need to be referred by your GP, so you must see your GP first. Please note that when visiting a GP, specialist, dentist or hospital, you will need to show your insurance papers.