You need a referral

You may have to wait for an appointment, unless the matter is urgent. Specialists tend to work at public hospitals or private clinics. While most hospitals are general, some, such as the Juliana Children’s Hospital in The Hague and the renowned Antonie van Leeuwenhoek cancer hospital in Amsterdam, are specialised. There are eight academic hospitals which take part in groundbreaking research.

In many countries, it is possible to directly consult a medical specialist, such as a pediatrician, ophthalmologist or gynecologist. However,  in the Netherlands consulting a medical specialist or visiting a hospital for treatment is only possible with a referral. Only a medical professional, such as your GP or (another) specialist can make a referral. In case of an emergency click here.