Can Indian doctors practice in the Netherlands

The Dutch health system

Family doctors in Holland

The family doctor plays a central role in the Netherlands. He offers basic medical care, also in the areas of gynecology and paediatrics, and decides whether a referral to a specialist is necessary. A patient can only see a specialist with a referral from the family doctor. This deals mainly with complicated diagnostics and more serious illnesses; everything else is done by the family doctor, who is also comprehensively trained for this.

The advantage of this system is that it is better known and more trustworthy between the patient and the general practitioner. As a result, the patient has a closer connection to the patient and knows his or her history and social environment much better, which is useful for the diagnosis in many cases. This close relationship also forms the basis for the fact that many more people in the Netherlands than anywhere else in Europe give birth to their children at home and also die at home. You will be accompanied by your family doctor, who also makes regular house calls. My family doctor z. B. just came by after my children were born, when she was in my neighborhood, just like visiting a good friend.

Family doctors always work as resident doctors, either alone or in a group practice, sometimes with a connection to a physiotherapist and / or psychologist. They operate within a geographic area and, together with their colleagues within this area, also manage the emergency medical service, which also makes the emergency medical system less anonymous. A dentist can be visited without a referral from a family doctor.

Specialists in Holland

In the Netherlands, specialists are almost always based in a hospital and, if not, are at least connected to a hospital as treating doctors. Outpatient care then takes place in the polyclinic and inpatient treatment in the same hospital by the same doctor.

Here, too, the focus is again on communication and trust between doctor and patient through this system, and it is ensured that important data and information are not lost or interpreted differently. This also has the advantage that important examinations can be carried out quickly and on site.

Specialists work either as employees of the hospital or in a community of specialists who offer their services to the hospital for a flat fee. (This is especially interesting for those who want to do medical work in the Netherlands.)

Hospitals in Holland

In serious emergencies, medical care is provided directly by the emergency department through a hospital - without the mediation of the family doctor. After the appropriate measures, a decision is made there as to whether the patient is to be admitted to the hospital or to be discharged for further treatment by the family doctor.

Medical care during an inpatient admission is provided by the specialist, the assistant and co-assistant (who is still in training). The co-assistant is checked by the assistant who, if you are lucky enough, has sufficient experience, this by the specialist. In general, a specialist is always present, he is just not always consulted by the attending assistant. Here, too, as in Germany, it is important to be a responsible patient if you have the feeling that you are not being treated properly and to seek advice from a specialist. Personally, I have never had bad experiences in hospitals. The help was always quick and knowledgeable.

The comfort of being admitted to the hospital depends on the occupancy of the department and the severity of the illness. If you are lucky you will find yourself in a single room with a view of nature, but you have no right to it. It is also possible that you come to a hall with eight people, men and women (!), Who are only separated from each other by curtains. In general, the allocation of the room according to the pressure of occupancy and the severity of the illness is left to the empathy of the nursing staff. Here, too, it is important to make yourself noticeable if you can.

One problem with medical care in the Netherlands is that the large population means that too few places are available for specific therapies or diagnostics. As a result, the waiting times can be very long, and many patients then seek help abroad in their emergency, especially in neighboring Germany.

Pharmacies and drug stores in Holland

In addition to the pharmacies that carry a variety of medicines and where you can redeem prescriptions, there is a drugstore on almost every corner in the Netherlands (drugstore) as well as health food stores, which also sell non-prescription drugs, vitamins, and enormous amounts of alternative medicines.

This article is an excerpt from Live and work in the Netherlands.Click here to order a copy.

By Just Landed

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