Living in The Hague?
Healthcare in The Hague
The Netherlands offers a comprehensive healthcare system with plenty of top-notch health centers and hospitals. Particularly bigger cities like The Hague have specialized hospitals and international medical staff who cater to the expat community. Each year, the country invests around 10% of its GNP in the health sector to ensure top-quality care.
All people living in The Hague or anywhere else in the Netherlands must have health insurance. This obligation was settled in the Health Insurance Act (Zorgverzekeringswet), according to which every resident has to have access to basic healthcare.
The Public Health Department
The Public Health Department in The Hague consists of different sections, the most important of them being:
- Public (mental) healthcare
- Infectious disease control and hygiene
- Children’s health services
- Ambulance care
If you have enquiries or issues you need help with, you can visit the main office in The Hague, located on Westeinde 128.
Choosing Your General Practitioner
The Dutch healthcare system allows you to choose your general practitioner freely. You may want to pick one who has a practice near your house or workplace or one who friends or colleagues have recommended. If you are unsure, however, you can try to find a doctor by visiting the website of Zorgkaartnederland.
Simply type in “Den Haag” under “Zoek op zorgaanbieder, persoon, plaats of postcode” and click “Zoeken”. You will then get a list of doctor’s practices in The Hague. By clicking on one of the categories on the right-hand side, you can further specify your search. Click on “Huisarts” for a list of general practitioners.
Doctors and the Language Barrier
Expats living in The Hague do not all speak perfect Dutch, of course. By the same token, not every doctor or medical practitioner in The Hague will speak English or another foreign language. This often makes communicating difficult, especially when dealing with complicated medical issues.
However, your doctor can call “Tolk- en Vertaalcentrum Nederland (TVcN)” and make use of their interpretation and translation service. The interpreter can listen along on the phone and translate what your doctor is saying. In some cases, an interpreter can even accompany you to your appointment. As long as your doctor makes the request, you will not have to pay for these services.
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