If you live in the Netherlands, you usually register at a GP close to your house. On kiesuwhuisarts.nl you can type in your city or postal code and see all the GPs in your area. However, sometimes, medical practices can’t accept more clients. This is why it is wise to register with a doctor when you start settling in the Netherlands or at least before you actually get ill. Usually, you set up an intake appointment to talk through your medical history.

A visit at the GP is always covered by your Dutch health insurance and doesn’t count for your excess. If you need to see a specialist, you usually see your GP first. He/she then refers you to the appropriate specialist. For physiotherapy, you don’t need to see your GP first. However, most of the time, physiotherapy is not covered in the basic insurance module. Get more information about Dutch health insurance.

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