Healthcare in the Netherlands ranks amongst the best in the world. Some things, however, may be arranged in a different way than you are used to. For a complete overview of how the Dutch health care system works, check out Healthcare for Internationals (H4i). The H4i website helps you navigate through Dutch health care.
GP, Emergency Clinic and Dentist
In the event of a life-threatening situation, you should call 112 for an ambulance, the police or the fire brigade! Are you at the TU/e campus, you should call 2222!
The GP (huisarts) is your first contact in The Netherlands, even if you would prefer to see a specialist. The GP will assess your symptoms and give you a referral to a specialist if they deem it necessary.
It is strongly recommended that you register with a general practitioner upon your arrival in the Netherlands. You can register with any GPs office of your choice. Go to Zorgkaart Nederland, enter your postal code and press ‘zoeken’. On the right side of the page select ‘huisarts’ and you’ll get an overview of GP’s in your area. A recommended one is the office of SGE International or Medisch Kwartier Eindhoven.
If you wish to see your GP, you must make an appointment first. Consultations are not free, therefore make sure to bring your health insurance card. If you wish to see a specialist you will need to be referred by your GP, so you must see your GP first.
HelloDoc offers a telehealth service for when you arrive to a new country like The Netherlands and need a GP. They also give advice and treatment in case you are not able to register with a GP and require non-urgent medical care. TU/e is a partner of HelloDoc.
Emergency Clinic/After-Hours Clinic (Spoedpost)
If you need medical assistance during the evening or night or at the weekend, you should contact the Spoedpost at the Catharina Hospital, Michelangelolaan 2, 5623 EJ Eindhoven, tel. +31 88 876 51 51.
You must always call beforehand. Maybe the advice via the telephone will be sufficient. Or a doctor or ambulance will be sent to you right away. In other cases, you can make an appointment. Remember to have your health insurance card ready and your Citizen Service Number (BSN).
Eindhoven has a special dentist practice for students (studententandarts). You can make an appointment by calling between 9.00 and 12.00 am and 13.00 and 17.00 pm on Monday to Friday. In general, dental treatment is not covered by health insurance. Student dentist: Kliniek voor Mondzorg, Botenlaan 82, 5652CB Eindhoven, tel. +31 40 251 45 27
In the Netherlands it is compulsory to have health insurance. Make sure that the health insurance you take out covers the Dutch fees.
You can arrange your insurance in two ways:
- The International Office can arrange this for you if you indicate this on your Confirmation Statement. You will be insured for both health and liability through AON Student Insurance.
- If you have health insurance in your home country, check the policy for covering your stay in the Netherlands.
Health care benefit
Health care benefit is a subsidy provided by the Dutch government towards the costs of your Dutch healthcare insurance. To check if you qualify for this benefit and to apply, you should contact the Belastingdienst (Dutch tax administration). Only students with a Dutch healthcare insurance or students who are registered with the Central Administration Office (CAK) may be entitled if they meet to the conditions.