GP’s are trained specialists in treating the most common complaints such as pediatric diseases and gynecological issues. The GP also cares for patients with chronic illnesses.
When needed your GP will prescribe medication or refer you to a diagnostic center, hospital or medical specialists. It is not possible to see a medical specialist without a referral. Prescriptions are filled at a pharmacy (Apotheek).
The GP will also often serve as your link to most other services, such as midwifery and physiotherapy. Most GP’s speak English and will be happy to hold a free, introductory meeting with you.
The term GP may be confusing as it refers to different roles from country to country. Sometimes the term Family Doctor is used or Primary Care Physician. Check this overview of similar roles within various countries.