Dental care

If you’re looking to visit a dentist (tandarts), you do not have to go through a GP (huisarts) first, but can approach the relevant clinic directly.

Choosing a dentist

For dental clinics, the Netherlands has a quality register (in Dutch), which can be useful for finding a suitable dentist in your area. You can also check out our map to see the locations of different dental clinics in Maastricht. The clinics are private and the Dutch are very conscientious when it comes to dental care, so it’s recommended to apply to a few different clinics to increase your chances of getting an appointment, as they often have waiting lists!

Health insurance

As mentioned, dentistry in the Netherlands is privatised, which means your Dutch basic health insurance won’t cover you (unless you’re under 18). The only way to get insurance coverage is if you add on ‘extras’ to your basic insurance. Here’s an example of a dental package, which covers up to 75% of dental treatments.

If you don’t have Dutch basic insurance, you should check with your current insurance provider to see what is covered when it comes to dental care.

Dental care prices

Dental care prices are regulated by the government. These rates are called UTP-codes and apply at all clinics – a basic check-up, for example, will cost you €22.16. You can use this PDF (in Dutch) to see an overview of treatments and their rates. Lastly, dental clinics are required to inform you if a treatment will cost you more than €250.

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