Health Basics

It is important to make sure that you are covered in terms of healthcare in case you get sick during your time in Maastricht. Even if you rarely fall sick or visit a doctor, it is sensible to know a bit about Dutch health care so that you can use it if you have to.

This section explains how the insurance based healthcare system in the Netherlands works. It’s possible that you don’t need insurance as you’re probably a student but you will need to prove this when you get a letter from the CAK. Otherwise you could face hefty fines!

But don’t worry- we have more information on this, as well as how to get an insurance subsidy and what to do in the case of a medical emergency.

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If you need off-line help with filling out an application or finding specific information, you can turn to the International Service Desk (given that you are a student at UM). We collaborate closely and one of our colleagues will welcome you and assist you at the reception of the Student Services Center (SSC, located at Bonnefantenstraat 2, 6211KL, Maastricht) from Monday to Friday from 13.00 until 17.00. If you are not a student at UM step by the Holland Expat Centre South. They help every international in the Maastricht Region with all kind of issues.