In The Netherlands, your General Practitioner - or 'Huisarts' in Dutch - is always your first point of contact for all medical matters. The GP plays a key role in the Dutch healthcare system, treating patients for basic non-surgical problems and providing advice on most of your general health issues.
The GP is also your link to most other services such as hospitalisation, specialists, midwifery etc. If necessary, the GP will refer you to a medical specialist at short notice. The GP keeps your medical records up to date and prescribes your medication.
How to find a General Practitioner in Wageningen?
You should register with a GP in your residence as soon as you arrive in the Netherlands. You can choose your GP yourself, but a practice may be full already and will not take on new patients. Ask around for tips or search online for GP's in Wageningen, Bennekom or Ede.
The Student Medical Center Wageningen on Campus (not part of Wageningen University) accepts new (student) patients; they and they are experienced in student-related problems.
If you live in Bennekom or Ede
Visiting your GP
In case of illness as well as for general consultations on less urgent matters, first phone your GP. A trained medical assistant will answer your call and note your complaints to schedule your appointment properly.
Visit the vaccination centre for advice on vaccinations. You can make an appointment online. Visiting address: Plantage 8, 6708 WJ Wageningen.
There are two options to get the vaccination costs covered:
- You can get your vaccinations at the vaccinatiecentrum and at the GGD. Check the conditions of your health insurance for coverage of the costs. If you have the collective insurance IAK-VGZ through Wageningen University and you chose additional package VGZ jong, the costs of the vaccination will be covered. You do not need a specification on the invoice.
- To be eligible for reimbursement of vaccination costs, the applicant must meet the conditions as mentioned in the Wageningen University Vaccination and Travel Funding Regulations (Part I Vaccination Costs)
- The Application Form must be signed for approval by the WU internship or thesis supervisor and the WU study advisor. -If granted, the reimbursement amounts to a maximum of 100 Euro.
- Per student, the vaccination costs may be reimbursed for one trip in the BSc programme and one trip in the MSc programme.
You can download the application form here or pick up a copy at the student desk in the Forum building.