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Register with a nearby Doctor (GP)


When to Register with a GP: It is recommended to register with a GP as soon as possible after you become a resident in the Netherlands. Registering early ensures that you have access to primary healthcare services and establishes a relationship with a healthcare professional who can provide ongoing medical care and support.

How to Find a GP: There are a few ways to find a GP in the Netherlands:

  1. Health Insurance Provider: Your health insurance provider can provide a list of GPs within their network. They often have a directory or online search tool that helps you locate GPs in your area.

  2. Neighbors, Colleagues, or Friends: Seek recommendations from locals, neighbors, colleagues, or friends who are familiar with the area. They may be able to recommend GPs who provide quality care.

  3. Online Directories: Utilize online directories such as ZorgkaartNederland ( or the website of the Dutch Association of General Practitioners (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Huisartsen - NHG) to search for GPs in your desired location.

  4. Municipal Information: Local gemeentes (municipalities) often provide information about healthcare services and GPs in the area. You can visit the gemeente's website or contact their office for assistance.

Why Register with a GP:

  1. Primary Healthcare Provider: A GP is your first point of contact for non-emergency medical care. They provide general medical services, including preventive care, diagnosis, treatment, and referrals to specialists when necessary.

  2. Continuity of Care: By registering with a GP, you establish an ongoing relationship with a healthcare professional who can monitor your health, provide regular check-ups, and manage any chronic conditions you may have.

  3. Referrals to Specialists: GPs play a crucial role in coordinating your healthcare. If you require specialized care or consultations with specialists, your GP can provide appropriate referrals and ensure continuity of treatment.

  4. Prescription Medications: GPs can prescribe medications and provide you with prescriptions for necessary medications, which can be filled at pharmacies.

When you have identified a GP, contact their practice to inquire about the registration process. They will guide you through the necessary steps and may require you to provide your Citizen Service Number (BSN) and proof of identity. Completing the registration process will ensure that you have a designated GP who can provide primary healthcare services and support your overall well-being in the Netherlands.

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