There are loads of different General Practitioners (GP) in Amsterdam. For internationals who may not know a GP is a doctor based in the community who treats patients with minor or chronic illnesses and refers those with serious conditions to a hospital. The health care system in The Netherlands might be different than what you are used to. For more information about insurance, you can check out the UvA website and their advice.
To know the closest General Practitioner in your area, search on Google for GPs in your area. For example, “General Practitioner in Amsterdam East”. Then a list of GPs in your district will be shown. You can also find GPs in your area on this website. The UvA also provides information about GPs. Click here for more information.
Finally, the GP also deals with the mental health of the student. If you are having problems related to your mental health that are not study-related (if it is check out the UvA Psychologists) you should get a consultation appointment with your GP and they will refer you to a professional (psychologist or psychiatrist).
What documents do I need to register at a Dutch GP?
Registering to a GP takes little time and is very user-friendly. You can register for the GP of UvA (details down below) or any other GP usually via a from or through a phone call. Also, if you are unhappy with your current GP transferring from one GP to another is very easy. Just fill in a few forms and a few days later all the data is transferred. What you need to fill in:
– Information about your previous General Practitioner
– Personal information, so your name, address, etc.
– Your Citizen Service Number (BSN in Dutch)
– Details about your health insurance
This is a general practice in the center of Amsterdam. The practice cooperates with the UvA and the HvA, which means that every student from these institutes can contact this general practitioner. Here they specialize in students, taking into account the body of students but also the lifestyle of the student. They are specialized in burn-outs, travel advice & vaccination, birth control, drugs, STD’s etc. They also give a lot of attention to E-health. On the internet, it is possible to follow the training, carry out tests and follow therapy.
There are also general practitioners in the Amsterdam Centraal Station. They are ideally located for residents of the city center who are looking for a new, easily accessible general practitioner with extended opening hours. Travelers and commuters can also contact them. All kinds of investigations are carried out via their own laboratory collection point. You can also get medication at the adjacent pharmacy. This is ideal to keep in mind in case of emergencies as well (the UvA GP can get crowded certain times of the year) since they accept walk-ins.