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How to find a general practitioner

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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 working with internationals, 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 can 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.