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HEALTHCARE

HOSPITALS • At the hospital, accident and emergency is “SEH” (spoedeisende hulp) “EHBO” (eerste hulp bij ongelukken) for first aid. • The emergency service phone line is 112. • For a hospital admission for non-emergency treatment, keep your insurance company informed and check your policy. PHARMACIES • Pharmacists can give advice for minor complaints. • Drogists supply over-the-counter remedies, while apotheek handle prescription drugs. • Once you have located a huisarts, you need to locate a pharmacy (apotheek) for prescriptions. • If this pharmacy deals with your particular insurance scheme, you won’t have to pay bills directly. Pharmacy services vary, so look for one that has the services you need. • Pharmacies in the Netherlands take your contact and insurance information and then consider you a long-term client (although it is possible to fill prescriptions elsewhere, if needed). • If you have been treated at a hospital, you can sometimes fill your prescription at an onsite pharmacy. They can also be ordered online at www.apotheek.nl.

HAVING A BABY • The Netherlands has a strong tradition in prenatal care and natural childbirths. • A midwife -- an independent medical practitioner -will generally be your sole care provider during your pregnancy and delivery. • Expectant mothers with certain sorts of medical conditions or complications will be handled by an obstetrician (gynaecologist), which will automatically take place in the hospital. • Should you prefer a hospital birth, let your midwife know within the first few months of your pregnancy. • Some hospitals have birth centres or nearby birthing “hotels”, where the environment is made more “homely”. • If you do deliver your baby in a hospital, you can often be back at home the same day for postnatal care. • Regular check-ups take place with the primary caregiver (midwife or obstetrician). Prenatal testing and genetic screening are not routine for women under 35 unless there is some medical history that puts her or the baby into a higher risk category. • The routine prenatal testing recommended in the Netherlands is different from the guidelines in some other countries.

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Expat Survival Guide 2019 – The Netherlands  

The Expat Survival Guide assists your first essential steps: finding a home and job, organising permits, setting up finances and healthcare,...

Expat Survival Guide 2019 – The Netherlands  

The Expat Survival Guide assists your first essential steps: finding a home and job, organising permits, setting up finances and healthcare,...

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