GP, Dentist, Pharmacy
It is common in the Netherlands to be registered as a patient with a
general practitioner (GP) or family doctor (‘huisarts’). The GP is your
first contact person when you have health problems. You can make an
appointment with your GP, who will examine you. If the problem can be
solved with medication, he/she will write a prescription, which you can
pick up at the pharmacy immediately. If further examination or a
hospital procedure is needed, the GP will refer you to a specialist.
As the selection of a GP is a personal choice we cannot refer you to one
particular GP in Maastricht. In general, all GPs speak English and most
of them will offer you the opportunity to get to know them in an
introductory interview after you have registered as a new patient.
When choosing a GP it’s probably most convenient to have one close to
your home. Go to www.zorginkaart.nl type your postal code and the
maximum distance you would prefer to travel between your home and the GP
practice. Click on “toon huisartsen” to open a list of the nearest GPs,
then on ‘details’ to view the GP’s address and phone number. Simply call
and make an appointment to register. Please remember to bring proof of
health insurance (i.e., your insurance card) when registering.
Likewise, you can register with a local dentist (tandarts). You can use
www.zorginkaart.nl or simply Google “tandarts maastricht” to find one.
Some dentists may not accept new patients due to capacity limits. Note
that dental care coverage depends on your specific health insurance
policy. If not, you can of course still register and simply havez the
bills sent to your home address.
It is also probably most convenient to have a pharmacy (apotheek) close
to your home. As most of the medication sold in pharmacies is only
available on prescription by your GP, the easiest way to find a pharmacy
is to ask your GP.
Weekends and evenings:
If you need to see a doctor after office hours or during weekends,
contact the AZM hospital ER (huisartsenpost) on 043-3877777. For
prescriptions, Straver Pharmacy at the Akersteenweg 88 in Maastricht is
open 24 hours 7 days a week.
Dial 112 to call the hospital (for an ambulance), police and fire
department in case of emergency.