Health basics

It is important to make sure that you are aware of the basics of the Dutch healthcare system in case you get sick in Maastricht.

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!

Most students only need Dutch health insurance if they also work in the Netherlands. If you get a job in the Netherlands, it is required by Dutch law to get health insurance regardless of whether or not you have insurance elsewhere. Our page deals with all queries you may have relating to health insurance.

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

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