Register with a pharmacy
Like with the GP (huisarts), you may want to register with a pharmacy (apotheek) when you move to Maastricht.
Medicine and prescriptions
Prescription medicine can only be bought at pharmacies in the Netherlands (for non-prescription meds, you can visit a drugstore like Kruidvat or Etos). While it’s possible to purchase prescription drugs at a pharmacy you’re not registered with, we still highly recommend you register, as it will make your life easier for the following reasons:
- The pharmacy can receive the prescription directly from your GP, so that you can simply pick up the medicine whenever suits you best, without having to present the prescription beforehand
- Registering entails giving the pharmacy a copy of your medical history; this is convenient because the pharmacy can double-check that you’re not prescribed incompatible medicines
- If your pharmacy is registered with your particular insurance scheme, you generally won’t have to pay directly for the medicine (although that depends on the particular prescription and your policy)
- If you’re registered, some pharmacies can even deliver medications to your home free of charge, or may offer the option to retrieve prescriptions after hours
- Many GPs also have a message service where you can order repeats of on-going prescription medicine, which you can collect from your pharmacy the next day
How do I register with a pharmacy?
We highly recommend you choose an apotheek that is close to your home, both for convenience and safety (e.g. if you urgently need to pick up medicine). You can easily find pharmacies in Maastricht on our city map. The next step will be to simply call or email them (check their website to see which they prefer), and give them your contact and health insurance details. The process is quick, free and will definitely make your life easier!