Health and Medical Information
In case of emergency - ambulance - fire - police - dial 112
Tourist and Resident Medical Services
Tourist Medical Service: phone 020 592 3355
(more information available at: http://touristdoctor.nl/en)
Tourist Dental Services: phone 020 303 4500
A visitor to the Netherlands faces no special health risks, as the overall health conditions are excellent. No special inoculations are required. Any necessary immunization is available locally. Although Dutch law is strict about commercial processing, cooking, handling, and serving of foods, consumers are advised to show caution when using eggs and preparing poultry, as salmonella bacteria has been found in these products. Tap water is of excellent quality and safe to drink.
Dutch medical care is of high quality and is comparable to the medical care one finds throughout Western Europe. Diagnostic laboratories and specialists in all fields of medicine are available. Hospitals are well-equipped, and maternity hospitals and many clinics are available. Most doctors and dentists speak English.
Most medicines are available locally. They may not, however, be the same brand names as those used in the United States and prices are generally higher. Tourists should bring a supply of the medicine that they know they will need whilst abroad and provide proper documentation.
American tourists are reminded that medical services cannot be provided free of charge, as the Dutch National Health Service does not cover visitors to the Netherlands. It is therefore recommended to obtain an estimate of the cost involved before receiving any services. It is also important to telephone the doctor's office for an appointment.
If you are staying in a hotel, contact the reception desk and you will be directed to the doctor or dentist assigned to that hotel. If you are staying with a friend or with family, you are advised to contact their family doctor or dentist.
If your situation warrants, you should seek assistance from a hospital. These institutions are staffed and equipped to deal with emergency situations.
Emergency services (including transportation by ambulance) are not free and you will be billed for any services rendered to you.
The Netherlands Association of Hospitals has compiled a list of all Dutch hospitals, which can be searched by city.
Non emergency medical assistance
You are obliged to register with a general practitioner (huisarts) before attempting to obtain non-emergency medical treatment from a specialist. Your health insurance company in The Netherlands will be able to provide you with a list of doctors and/or dentists in your postcode area. You can also consult the Dutch Yellow Pages under "huisartsen" and the following website http://www.docvadis.nl/search.html for further information.
The medical care sector in The Netherlands is based on a referral system which requires patients to see a local huisarts first. Medical specialists will generally only see those patients who have been referred to them by a general practitioner.
For more information on the Dutch Health Care Insurance system please see the Dutch Government website.
In the Netherlands, dental care is provided by qualified dentists, all of whom are government-registered. The quality of the care provided, compared to other countries, in general is excellent. You may find this website useful to find a dentist in your region through entering your city or postcode: www.tandarts.nl or www.tandarts.com (in English)
For an overview of local health insurance companies, and an explanation of Dutch terms and the Dutch health insurance system, click here.
Expat organizations such as Expatica also provide useful information on health matters in the Netherlands.
Air Ambulances firms capable of providing medical evacuations in the Netherlands:
The U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam, the Netherlands assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the medical professionals, medical facilities or air ambulance services whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department of State or the U.S.Consulate. The information on professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the medical professional, medical facility or air ambulance service; the Consulate is not in a position to vouch for such information. You may receive additional information about the individuals and facilities on the list by contacting local medical boards and associations (or its equivalent) or local licensing authorities.