The Netherlands is also known as Holland, because it contains the provinces of North and South Holland. Its population is approximately 17 million. The people, language, and culture of the Netherlands are referred to as "Dutch." Amsterdam is the capital and Dutch is the official language.

How to access emergency services: Call 112 for ambulance service.

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to the Netherlands, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.

Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.

It’s also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.

Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers

What to expect in a Netherlandish hospital: Hospitals, like other health-related institutions in The Netherlands, are owned and operated predominantly by locally controlled, private not-for-profit foundations. The hospital sector in general is highly regulated.

The Netherlands has reciprocal health services arrangements with other EU countries and Australia. If you are an EU citizen, a European Health Insurance Card (EUIC), available from health centers (or, in the UK, post offices), covers you for most medical care. You still might have to pay at the time of service, but you should be able to claim it on your insurance when you return home.

Citizens of other countries are advised to take out travel insurance; medical or dental treatment is less expensive than in North America but still involves significant fees. For minor health concerns, see a local drogist (chemist) or apotheek (pharmacy, to fill prescriptions). For more serious problems, go to the casualty ward of a ziekenhuis (hospital).

Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.

JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in the Netherlands: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited,visit the Hospital Search section.

Netherlands-specific helpful health resources:

Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.

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