With a healthcare system credited as one of the best in the world, expats will find excellent healthcare facilities and highly skilled medical professionals in Amsterdam.
All residents in the Netherlands, including expats, are required to have medical insurance from a private health insurance company. Dutch medical insurers are compelled to offer a full set of basic benefits to all residents. Not all areas of healthcare are funded by these basic services packages, but expats moving to Amsterdam have an option of taking out additional health insurance to cover the costs of such treatment.
EU citizens can use their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to access state healthcare here during a short-term visit. UK citizens can make use of their Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which replaced the EHIC for UK citizens post-Brexit.
Pharmacies (apotheken) are widely available in Amsterdam and are usually open from Monday to Friday. Some are open on Saturdays and after hours. There's usually a notice on the pharmacy door with details of the nearest all-night and Sunday pharmacies.
Here are some of the most prominent hospitals in Amsterdam.
Hospitals in Amsterdam
Acibadem International Medical Center
Address: Arlandaweg 100, 1043 HP Amsterdam
Amsterdam Tourist Doctors
Address: Nieuwe Passeerdersstraat 8, 1016 XP Amsterdam
Address: De Boelelaan 1117, 1081 HV Amsterdam
Address: Oosterpark 9, 1091 AC Amsterdam
►See Healthcare in the Netherlands for a more detailed overview of the Dutch healthcare system
"I got an expat doctor and the visit was like talking to a friend. He heard all my concerns and I made sure to bring my medical records for him to notate. I think it's also cool I can book an appointment online and not be on hold with someone. I recommend Huisartsenpraktijk in Amsterdam."
Learn more about the expat life in Amsterdam in our interview with American expat Monique.
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