Healthcare and insurance

Set up compulsory health insurance and familiarise yourself with doctors, dentists and hospitals in the Amsterdam Area.

Ensure you are prepared for life in the Amsterdam Area by setting up mandatory health insurance, registering with a family doctor (GP), finding a dentist and learning about the Dutch healthcare system.

Organise health insurance

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Everyone residing in the Netherlands is obliged to take out health insurance, even if you are only living and working in the country temporarily.

Register with a family doctor (GP)

In the Netherlands, patients are free to choose their own doctor. The doctor (huisarts) is the first port of call if you have health problems.

Find a dentist

Read on for information on finding a dentist, emergencies and coverage of dental costs.

Dutch healthcare system FAQ

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 Find answers to frequently asked questions concerning Dutch healthcare, prepared by the Dutch Ministry of Health.

Coronavirus updates for Amsterdam residents

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Stay up to date about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Netherlands and the response from healthcare authorities.

Learn about hospitals

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Locate your nearest hospital and read about the different types services they provide.

Get mental health support for internationals

Learn about the mental health support services that are available to international residents in Amsterdam. 

Public Health Service of Amsterdam

The GGD monitors child health, provides vaccinations, dedicated sexual health clinics, and operates pest control services.

Women's healthcare in the Netherlands

Learn about access to women's healthcare in the Netherlands and familiarise yourself with the city's health services.


Find out all you need to know about having a baby in the Netherlands from choosing a home or hospital birth, and to finding a midwife.

Giving birth

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Read about the final steps in childbirth, covering pain relief, doulas, kraamzorg and maternity leave, for the needs of you and your newborn.