Healthcare in the Netherlands

Anyone who lives or works in the Netherlands must take out basic health insurance. Other rules apply if you will be living or working in the Netherlands temporarily. If you are visiting as a tourist, you do not need Dutch health insurance.

Am I covered for medical care in the Netherlands?

Choose your situation:

Living in the Netherlands permanently

Everyone who lives or works in the Netherlands permanently must take out basic health insurance. It covers hospital treatment, doctor's visits and most prescription drugs. For general information on the Dutch health insurance system visit government.nl.

Living in the Netherlands temporarily

If you will be living or working in the Netherlands temporarily, you may not need to take out Dutch health insurance. In some cases you can keep the insurance policy you have now. Visit zorgverzekeringslijn.nl to find out which rules apply to you.

Visiting the Netherlands as a tourist

If you are visiting the Netherlands as a tourist, you do not fall under the Dutch health insurance system. You can use the services of a doctor, hospital or pharmacy while you are here. But you will need to pay the costs directly yourself or arrange payment through your health or travel insurance.

Emergency number 112

In emergencies or life-threatening situations, call the emergency number 112 free of charge. The 112 emergency call centre will send the help you need: ambulance, police or the fire service.