Expat Survival Guide 2021 - The Netherlands

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• Moving to a new country can bring about mental challenges. • If you are having trouble sorting out your problems on your own, or you don’t know exactly what is wrong with you, you can go to your GP (huisarts). • Mild mental health problems can be treated by a GP, often working together with a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Your GP sometimes can also offer you online counselling (e-health). • The GP may also suggest treatment with medication such as anti-depressants or refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist for more specialised mental health treatment. • Treatment by your GP or mental health nurse is fully covered by your basic health insurance. Cost of more specialised treatment is also covered, but payable by you to the maximum of your annual excess.

• The Netherlands has good nation-wide preventive health programs. These programs are available at different stages in an individual’s development and most are free of charge. • There are screening options available for people at risk for certain diseases such as cardiovascular, pulmonary or sexually transmitted diseases. • The flu vaccination is offered free of charge to people having a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they get flu. This is done by the GP. • There are screening programs during pregnancy and several after a child is born such as developmental check-ups and a preventative vaccination program. These are administered by Youth Healthcare (“Jeugd gezondheidszorg”) at the Baby Health Clinic (“Consultatie Bureau”). • There are also population screening programs later in life for diseases such as breast, cervical and colon cancer. You’ll be invited for these and they are executed at your GP’s office or at a Public Health facility. With the invitation you will receive information about the purpose and process of the screening. Ask your GP what screenings apply to you. • Participation is on a voluntary basis. If you do not wish to participate, you can return the invitation to the laboratory indicating you do not wish the screening.

Are you new to The Netherlands and in search of a dentist? We are the dental practice of Dr. Jesse and we have been serving the local and expat communities for the past twenty years.

info@tandartsenpraktijkjesse.nl 020-6762030 www.tandartsenpraktijkjesse.nl



Tandartsenpraktijk Jesse Stadionweg 73 1077 SE Amsterdam (Old South)

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