Hospitals in the Netherlands

Some of the hospitals in the Netherlands are Radboundumc, UMC Utrecht, and Academic Medical Center.

Medical facilities in the Netherlands are many. Under the new Dutch healthcare system, the government is encouraging hospitals to specialize when, before, they all provided the same set of services.

The Netherlands has excellent health care services for its citizens. Both private and public health care are available in the country. Public health care in the country is available freely or at a significantly lower cost for its citizens. The general taxation system funds public health care in the country. To avail the public healthcare services, citizens must have a permanent residence card. 

Most websites or apps linked below are in Dutch. Use Google Translate, Tarjimly, or any other translation service if you need it.

Hospital Types

In the Netherlands, there are three main types of hospitals:

Academic hospitals

In the Netherlands, prominent universities have formed partnerships with academic medical institutes. The Netherlands has eight prestigious medical institutions where leading researchers and doctors work together. They are better equipped to provide specific treatment.

Teaching hospitals

When it comes to the education of future doctors and nurses, teaching hospitals collaborate with academic medical institutes. Some more specialist treatments are available, and medical interns may observe or assist with some operations.

General hospitals

When treating less complex illnesses, general hospitals are adequate, if not ideal. In extreme cases, they will direct patients to other, more specialist centers.

How to Choose a Hospital in the Netherlands

When choosing a hospital in the Netherlands, there are several factors to consider.


Research the reputation of the hospitals in the Netherlands. Check out their website for information about their medical staff, facilities, and services.


Look for hospitals accredited by nationally recognized organizations such as the Dutch Healthcare Authority (Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit or NZa).

Facilities and Services

Please take a look at the facilities and services offered by the hospital.

Medical Staff

Find good hospitals with skilled doctors and nurses.

Fees and treatments

Consider the hospital’s pricing and treatment options.

Highlights of Netherlands healthcare facilities

According to The Commonwealth Fund, the Dutch healthcare system is second best among 11 developed nations.

Regular medical insurance will pay for things like doctor’s appointments and medicines you need to take regularly.

Robust accreditation and quality assurance programs contribute to universal access to high-quality healthcare.

Zorgtoeslag, the Dutch word for “healthcare allowance,” helps low-income people pay for medical treatment.

All applicants, regardless of age, gender, or preexisting ailments, should be accepted by insurers, and all subscribers should pay the same rate for minimum coverage.

List of hospitals in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has a total of 618 hospitals. These hospitals are available all over the country to treat and cure patients. Some of the best hospitals in the Netherlands are listed below.

UMC Utrecht

Academic Medical Center

Radboundumc Hospital

Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC)

Academisch Medisch Centrum (Academic)

VU Medische Centrum (Academic)

Antoni van Leeuwenhoekziekenhuis (AVL)

Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis

BovenIJ Ziekenhuis

Erasmus Medisch Centrum

Academisch Ziekenhuis Maastricht

How to find the closest hospital in the Netherlands

They’re everywhere. In the Netherlands, there are 618 public and private hospitals. Where you are staying does not matter. If you call 112 emergency services anywhere in the Netherlands, they immediately direct an ambulance and take you to the nearest state hospital.

If you are a traveler, you need to check the terms of your travel insurance to ensure they’ll support your choices. An easy tool for doing that is any map app. Below is, for example, a Google Maps search for ‘Hospital near Amsterdam.’

Sources: Newsweek 90

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