GP in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, the GP holds a central role when it comes to healthcare. If you have any questions regarding your physical and mental health, your GP is the first one to ask.

As well as answering any health questions you may have, a GP in the Netherlands can also perform minor surgical procedures and carry out pediatric and gynecological examinations. Generally, a GP does not provide dental treatments.

When do you see a GP in the Netherlands?

You can make an appointment with your GP for various reasons, such as:

  • You have urgent medical needs (call 112 in the case of life-threatening situations)
  • You have questions or you need advice regarding your health or that of your child
  • For physical complaints and / or mental health issues
  • For first aid and minor surgical procedures (stitches etc.)
  • You need support and treatment for a chronic disease
  • For preventative medicine (vaccines etc.)


At you can find reliable and up-to-date information about the healthcare system in the Netherlands. It is part of, an independent website (in Dutch) with health information. is developed and maintained by the Dutch College of General Practitioners. The information is written in a comprehensible and understandable way, adapted for use by the general public.

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