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• Dental care for those under 18 is covered in basic insurance, as is dental surgery and dentures, though a deductible and own contribution apply. • Expats may find anaesthesia is less forthcoming than in their own country, although this varies between dentists. If you feel that your procedure requires it, it’s helpful to request this. • Almost all dental practices in the Netherlands are private with one dentist and one assistant. Oral surgeons are usually affiliated with a hospital, and orthodontists usually have a private practice. • It is possible to take out supplementary insurance that can cover up to 75 percent of costs for visits and dental care. ORTHODONTICS • Ortho is not covered by basic insurance. It possible to take out supplementary insurance for this. For children under 18 one of the parents needs to take out this insurance. • If you have orthodontic gear on before arriving to the Netherlands, some research will be done to see which orthodontist can continue the care. HEALTHCARE FOR CHILDREN • All aspects of children’s growth and development from birth up to 18 years old are covered by Youth Healthcare (JGZ – ‘Jeugd Gezondheidszorg’), a national service. • Your GP can provide you with the details. You can also search for your local ‘JGZ’. • Inoculations and checks from birth to age four take place at the consultatiebureau, which is part of the JGZ service. Expect a big check-up just before starting school. • For childhood immunisations, you may wish to check whether the Dutch immunisation scheme is the same as the one from your home country.

• 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 but check that this online pharmacy is safe. HAVING A BABY • The Netherlands has a strong tradition in prenatal care and natural childbirths. • A midwife -- an independent medical practitioner with a 4 year bachelor degree -- will generally be your sole care provider during your pregnancy and delivery. • You should register with a midwife early in your first trimester; Your huisarts can recommend one to you or visit the website of the Royal Dutch Association of Midwives (www.knov.nl). • Pain medication during delivery is not standard. Should you prefer to have pain medication or a hospital birth, let your midwife know within the first few months of your pregnancy. • Expectant mothers with certain sorts of medical conditions or complications will be handled by an obstetrician (gynaecologist), which will have you automatically deliver in the hospital. • Some hospitals have birth centres or nearby birthing “hotels”, where the environment is made more ‘homely’.

HOSPITALS • At the hospital, accident and emergency is “SEH” (spoedeisende hulp). • In case of a life-threatening emergency always call 112. • For a hospital admission for non-emergency treatment you need a referral from your GP. • In case of admission, keep your insurance company informed and check your policy. Not all policies fully cover all services at a particular hospital. PHARMACIES • Pharmacists can give advice for minor complaints. • Drogists supply over-the-counter remedies, while the apotheek (pharmacy) handles 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.

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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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