Student or expat in Maastricht or surrounding area?
Find a doctor in your neighbourhood
If you come to live/study in Maastricht or the surrounding area, sign up at a General Practitioner in your area. The GP has all your medical information. This is very important when assessing your request for help when you contact our emergency medical service. The GP Emergency Post Maastricht en Heuvelland is only available for emergencies outside opening hours of the GP.
Find a GP in your area on this page.
How does the health care system in the Netherlands work?
In the Netherlands a General Practitioner is called a ‘huisarts’. The GP belongs to the primary health care, that’s why you have to sign up at a GP in your area. For all your health problems, both physical as well as psychological, you will first be seen by the GP. He/she will be able to treat most health problems. If necessary the GP will refer you to a medical specialist at the hospital. In the Netherlands you are not permitted to go directly to the hospital (unless it is an emergency). If treatment by a specialist is needed, you should first consult a GP, who will give you a referral letter. Remember to make a photocopy of the referral letter for your medical insurance company. The GP will not always automatically prescribe medicine. In some cases, a GP will make house calls, but these consultations are more expensive.
If you need urgent medical attention after office hours of your own GP
GP’s in Maastricht and surroundings share duties after working hours. Should you urgently need the help of a GP at night, during the weekend or on public holidays, you should get in touch with the GP Emergency Post (in Dutch ‘Huisartsen Spoedpost Maastricht & Heuvelland’). To make sure your complaint is really urgent check first the self triage tool.
In case you are advised to contact us call +31 43 7500 123 and have your personal information ready while calling. The doctor’s assistant will ask for the following details:
- your name, address, date of birth and a telephone number where you can be contacted,
- information about your health insurance,
- personal identification,
- the names of any medication you are using.
If you have an appointment at the GP Emergency Post you need to bring along:
- personal identification,
- details about your health insurance,
- payment (in cash, a credit card or a debit card). You will get a receipt as proof of payment if you pay in cash.
Remember to take your insurance papers with you whenever you visit our GP Emergency Post. If you don’t have a Dutch health insurance then you have to pay cash at the desk. You will get a receipt as proof of payment if you pay in cash. You can declare these costs at your own health insurance. More information: https://www.zorgverzekeringslijn.nl/english/ .