How to find a general practitioner?
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Dutch healthcare - General practitioner
It is common in the Netherlands to go a General Practitioner (GP) if you have physical or mental problems and also before you go to the hospital, especially in non-emergency situations. You can only consult a specialist, with a referral from a GP.
A GP-practice is often affiliated with several health services, e.g. physiotherapy or low-threshold psychological support by a practitioner.
We strongly recommend you to register with a GP shortly after arrival in Tilburg, because it makes scheduling an appointment often quicker and easier.
How to find a GP?
A general practitioner is called a 'huisarts' in Dutch. For recommended GP's, see list below (under the heading General practitioner for international students). You can also look for a GP via the on-line yellow pages under the heading of 'Huisarts" and filter on your hometown. Before registering as a patient, please first call the practice to ask whether they are accepting new patients (each practice has a maximum number of patients that they are allowed to see). If a practice does not take on new patients, you can often go there only once, as a passer-by. In that case you need to pay immediately for your consult.
Another option would be to contact your health insurance agency to request a list of practices that are accepting new patients.
Consulting a GP
A GP can be consulted by appointments which can be made by phone or in person during consultation hours. Approximately ten minutes are allowed per patient. It is possible to ask for a double appointment in advance if you feel that this will be necessary. House calls are kept to a minimum. The costs for a consultation are approximately € 27. You will have to pay this amount in cash, but you can claim the expenses back from your insurance company (depending on your insurance).
If you have (basic) Dutch health insurance, e.g. because you work here, then general practitioner care is always free of charge.
- Sometimes it is not always possible to make an appointment on the same day; in that case you will need to make an appointment at a later date.
- If you have made an appointment and you decide not to come, or you are not able to come, please cancel your appointment!! you Sometimes you have to pay if you don't show up at an appointment and you did not cancel it of canceled it too late.
- Please do not call the emergency number unless there is a real emergency (a life threatening event).
- If you call outside office hours, you may be referred to another practitioner.
- You might be asked to pay for the consultancy. You can claim these expenses from your health insurance.
- Make sure your health insurance is in order!!
- To consult a specialist you will need a referral from a general practitioner.
When do you have to see a GP?
In the Netherlands, medical care sometimes works differently than you are used to. In the Netherlands, medication, e.g. antibiotics, is written out much less quickly. It is normal to wait and see if something is bothering you first, many ailments will pass by themselves. If you have a cold, it takes on average a week before the virus is eliminated, regardless of whether you are taking any medication.
You don't have to see a GP for that. But if you find it disturbing, you should of course just contact a GP.
For simple medical problems, you can often also visit a pharmacy or drugstore (e.g. Kruidvat, Trekpleister, DA, Etos), which are experts in self-medication and can provide information about it.
A reliable website for information and advice on various complaints is thuisarts.nl or download the app "moetiknaardedokter". Unfortunately, it is only available in Dutch, but with a translation program you can go a long way.
You can also consult Hellodoc.nl, a temporary solution for expats and foreign students waiting to be seen by their GP. You can speak to a certified doctor online for non-urgent medical complaints.
General practitioner for international students
For international students, we recommend the following GPs:
- Address: Spoorlaan 374, 5038 CD, Tilburg
- Phone +31 (0)13 - 581 0065
- By appointment only
- Tel. for emergency: +31 (0)13 - 581 0066
- More information: website Perron1 huisartsen
- Address: Conservatoriumlaan 60, 5037 DT, Tilburg
- Phone: +31 (0)13 467 0784 / +31 (0)13 468 6868 / +31 (0)13 468 1353
- More information: website Huisartsenpraktijken Conservatoriumlaan
- Please note: this practice is only open for students living in the area between the borders of Ringbaan-west / Wandelboslaan / Zwartvenseweg / Reeshofdijk and the neighourhood 'de Blaak'. See the map on the practice's website.
- Address: Spoorlaan 366, 5038 CD, Tilburg
- Phone +31 (0)13 - 5423225
- By appointment only
- Tel. for emergency: +31 (0)13 - 542 3225 choose 1
- More information: website Huisartsenpraktijk Binnenstad (English)
There is a shortage of general practitioners in our region. Most of these practices do not accept any new patients. An exception is made for one-time visits by foreign students. If you live in the immediate neighbourhood and are looking for a new GP, you may be placed on the waiting list.
For more addresses of GP practices in Tilburg, see this overview (only in Dutch).
Huisartsenpraktijk de Nijs & van Heugten
- Please note: This practice has recently been opened June and will accept new patients (see the website and fill out the registration form (in Dutch ' inschrijfformulier' )
- Address: Besterdring 19, 5014 HG, Tilburg
- Phone: information follows
- More information: website Huisartsenpraktijk de Nijs & van Heugten (only in Dutch)
Emergency and support outside office hours
- Off-campus: call 112.
- On-campus: call 013 - 466 2525.
- Psychological emergency situation: call 0800 - 8013.
The emergency number of the crisis intervention team Tilburg is 0800-8013, available day and night for acute psychological emergency situations.
If there is no life-threatening situation, but you feel that a doctor should look into your medical complaints at short notice, you contact the Stichting Huisartsenposten Midden-Brabant, which consists of two emergency locations in the region of Midden-Brabant.
About 100 general practitioners work together to guarantee medical care at night, the weekend, and on official holidays. You can go to the emergency post for urgent general practitioner care, which cannot wait for the next consultation hour of your own general practitioner.
First of all you must telephone: +31 (0)85 - 5360 300.
Visiting address huisartsenpost
- Lage Witsiebaan 2a, 5042 DA Tilburg