How to Register with a General Practitioner (GP) in the Netherlands
General practitioners (GP) are the first point of contact when it comes to getting medical help in non-emergency cases in the Netherlands. What many do not know is that you should register with a general practitioner or in Dutch ‘’huisarts’’. We tell you how:
How to find a GP
In the best case your general practitioner should not be more than 15 minutes away from your home. To find one in your area we recommend websites like Kiesuwhuisarts or Zorgkaart Nederland. Pay attention to filter your search on Zorgkaart Nederladerland for ‘’huisarts’’ after typing in your postal code, otherwise you will see all sorts of medical services around you. We only found websites in Dutch, but all you need to do in typing in your postal code and look for their address or website.
Requirements to register
When registering for a general practitioner in the Netherlands you should bring some important documents. First, a valid ID or passport. We recommend not bringing your driver’s license as it is not officially recognised to identify yourself. Second, have your health insurance details with you. Third, bring your BSN number you got when registering at the municipality. Usually, the registration takes place in person, but sometimes also online. So, check the GP’s website for a ‘’inschrijven’’ (=sign up) section first.
Services of a GP
A general practitioner is usually the first one to go to in case you are having health complaints unless it is life-threatening. In case of emergencies call 112. Your general practitioner mostly can give you appointment within a day and advice you on your physical or mental health issues. General practitioners are also the ones referring their patients to the hospital or specialists. Furthermore, you can get vaccines at their doctor’s practice.
Appointments at a GP in the netherlands
You usually make an appointment online or by call and will get an appointment on the same day or within a few days. It always depends on the urgency. Appointments usually last between 10 to 20 minutes. Some general practitioners also have walk in hours which are called ’’spreekuur” in Dutch. The idea behind it is that patients can speak to the doctor without an appointment. So, the earlier you arrive, the earlier it is your turn.
We hope now you know how to register with a GP in the Netherlands. If you did not sign up for one yet, you should definitely do it as soon as possible!