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.
What to do if you cannot register at a local GP?
If you haven’t succeeded in finding a GP and you are in need of medical caretaking, you can refer to one of the Urgent Care Centers (Dutch: Huisartsenposten) in Rotterdam. Do not use the emergency hotline (112) if there is no sign of a life threatening condition. Instead: use the phone number of the care center closest to your location and book an appointment.
Note: Although the GP practice International Health Centre Rotterdam does not allow for registration of students that are insured at AON, students with urgent medical conditions that are not registered at a GP (yet) are welcome for consultation and services regardless. Therefore, IHCR can be contacted as an Urgent Care facility alike the beforementioned ‘Huisartsenposten’.