How to find a general practitioner
Finding a general practitioner
In the Netherlands, you are free to choose your general practitioner ("huisarts" of family doctor). You can use websites such as Zorgkaart Nederland to find a general practitioner close to you. It is advised to register at a general practitioner as soon as possible.
Most doctors in the Netherlands speak English, but if you do want a general practitioner that is specialized in expats, you can go to the Studentarts in Groningen.
Read more about how and why you register at a general practitioner.
What does a general practitioner do?
You contact your general practitioner for all medical problems, except for emergencies. They can treat the problem themselves if possible, or refer you to a specialist. You always need a referral from your general practitioner before you can see a specialist.
Health insurance and the general practitioner
A consultation with your general practitioner will be covered by Dutch health insurance. Check your policy for more information.
Outside of office hours
If you urgently need a doctor outside of office hours, you need to call the Doctors Service ("doktersdienst"). The phone-number for the Doctors Service Groningen is: 0900-9229.
In case of a medical emergency
If you experience an acute medical emergency, you can call the national emergency number 112.