Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?
Vaccinations are not required. However, it is a good idea to bring files showing the medical history of all family members.
Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
It is obligatory for all residents of the Netherlands to have health insurance. You are free to choose one of any number of health insurers who all offer a basic coverage package, as well as a dizzying array of extras.
The government has opted to have private insurance companies provide the coverage to use market forces to cut healthcare costs. In addition, the insurers are not permitted to refuse anyone the basic package regardless of age, employment status or general health.
What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
“Dokter” or “huisarts” (family doctor).
What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
If you have any medical questions or need help, you should call your huisarts first. If your huisarts thinks you need more specialized expertise, he or she will refer you to a specialist. Huisarts can also recommend medication and provide prescriptions.
The best place to start looking for a huisarts is in your neighborhood. At the City Hall, you can ask for a "gemeentegids." This is a booklet issued by your municipality containing information on just about everything relevant to Amsterdam, such as local huisartsen, sport, schools, lawyers, day care, churches, etc.
Of course, you can also simply ask those living in your neighborhood or other expats about which doctor they go to. Or you can check the phone book under “huisartsen.”
Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
No, medical care in the Netherlands is very good and easily accessible. Many expats take great consolation in the fact that medical care in the Netherlands is in a league with the best of the world. Not only that, but (almost) all doctors speak English, which is also very reassuring.
What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable?
If you have a medical emergency that requires first aid, you can go straight to the EHBO (First Aid) for assistance. In the case of other types of emergencies, you can dial 112.
General emergency numbers:
- Ambulance - 020 626 2652
- Fire Brigade Headquarters - 020 621 2121
- Police – non-emergency - 0800 8844
- Chemist night service - 020 592 3315
- Animal rescue service - 020 626 2121
How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
Look for an “Apotheek.” You will recognize it by its sign, which has a snake on it.
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