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Health matters

Dutch Healthcare system

The Netherlands has a good quality healthcare system. The government has produced an English booklet on healthcare in the Netherlands which is available for download at this link. The role of the family doctor or general practitioner (huisarts) is central. For many newcomers, this is the most important difference between the Dutch medical system and that of their home country. Annual check-ups are not part of the basic system, and tests are not done automatically. These extra services are only provided if there is evidence that they are necessary. Private clinics offer such services, but these are not covered by Dutch insurers.

Dutch healthcare is generally non-interventionist in nature, so don’t expect to leave the consultation with a prescription. Dutch doctors tend not to hand out antibiotics or anti-depressants lightly.