General practitioner

For medical assistance, the usual practice in the Netherlands is for a patient to have an initial consultation with a general practitioner (Dutch: huisarts), before making an appointment with a specialist in hospital.

We strongly encourage you to register at a GP as soon as possible. Medical help without referral can lead to unforeseen, high costs and waiting times. Check the website of the Erasmus Medical Center to find out which GP you can register at, and learn more about the Dutch referral system.