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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 03, 2024

Summary: The quality of medical care in the Netherlands is generally considered to be very high, with the country ranking highly in international healthcare rankings. The Netherlands has a universal healthcare system, which means that all citizens are entitled to free healthcare. Emergency services in the Netherlands are well-developed and efficient, with ambulances responding quickly to calls. To call for an ambulance in the Netherlands, you can dial 112, which is the emergency number for all of Europe.

How are healthcare services The Netherlands?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in The Netherlands, they replied:

"The Netherlands has a comprehensive healthcare system that provides a wide range of services to its citizens. The public healthcare system is funded by the government and is available to all Dutch citizens and legal residents. The quality of public healthcare is generally high, with a focus on preventive care and access to specialists. Foreign residents are also eligible to use the public healthcare system, although they may need to pay a fee for certain services. Expats in The Netherlands can use the public healthcare system by registering with their local municipality and obtaining a health insurance card. This card allows them to access the same services as Dutch citizens, including primary care, specialist care, and hospital care," wrote one expat.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

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