A visit to the GP if you are not (yet) insured

Did you just apply for health insurance? Then you probably don't have an insurance number yet. However, you can always go to the doctor if you need medical care. A GP cannot refuse to give you the care that is needed. If you are not insured, you may have to pay the costs yourself. Once you have received your insurance number, you can send the bill to your insurer. You will then be reimbursed for the costs. 

Example: You applied for health insurance on August 1. This is also the date on which you were registered in the Netherlands. On August 3 you went to the doctor, but you only received your insurance number on August 10. That's not a problem, because your insurance coverage begins on August 1. You will be reimbursed for any medical expenses in accordance with your chosen policy on or after 1 August.

Do you pay the excess?

You do not pay any excess for a visit to the GP. Everything the GP (or the assistant) does is covered by the basic insurance and will not be deducted from your policy excess.

How do I find a GP?

Looking for a (new) GP? This is not always an easy task. With us you can compare all GP practices. If you are searching for GPs in your area, or specializations they offer, we'll help you find the right one.

Unfortunately, this part of our website is not available in English. But fortunately it is not difficult to find a GP. All you have to do is fill in your postcode. The website then shows the GPs near you and their contact details. Contact the GP directly to make an appointment.

What can a GP do for you?

The GP is your first point of contact if you have a health problem. The GP will assess the symptoms, prescribe medication if necessary or refer you to a specialist. But GPs can do more than that. Some GPs also do minor surgical procedures. For example:

  • ​Suturing and closing (small) wounds
  • Mole removal
  • Wart removal 
  • Lipoma removal 
  • Sebaceous cyst removal 
  • Treatment of an ingrown toenail 

IUD placement by a GP

If you are planning to have an intrauterine device (IUD) inserted, it is best to have it done at your GP. Many GPs are experienced with placing IUDs. At the GP you only pay for the coil itself. The consultation falls under GP care and therefore outside the excess. In the hospital, the costs of the consultation and treatment fall under the excess. You also have to pay the cost of the IUD. Therefore, for the same procedure at the hospital, the cost is a lot more expensive for you.

Medical treatment by a GP assistant

GP assistants are the first point of contact for patients. They answer the phone, arrange appointments and receive patients. GP assistants also perform minor procedures. For example:

  • ​Measuring blood pressure 
  • Wart removal
  • Wound care
  • Ear irrigation
  • Suture removal
  • Urine analysis
  • Pap smears 
  • Injections