In the Dutch system the family doctor (Huisarts) is the gatekeeper to healthcare. Every student should have a family doctor. This way you can get medical attention when you need it. Register with a doctor in your neighbourhood as soon as you can, to receive proper medical care and avoid burdening hospital emergency services. For more information regarding the registration with a doctor, check out the website of ‘Zorg in Ontwikkeling’ (Care under Development).
Unless there is in an emergency you should always first consult your family doctor who will, if necessary, refer you to a specialist. Only the doctor can refer you to necessary further specialists. Exempt from this rule is dental care where you can approach a dentist or dentist centre directly.
Check out our map function to find your closest family doctor, dentist or pharmacy. Once you have found one, you can then call the office and make an appointment. There are also certain pharmacies that are open 24/7 which you can find on this website.