Healthcare for Internationals

Pharmacy and Drugstore

A Pharmacy (Apotheek) supplies prescription medication and Drugstores or Chemists (Drogist, e.g. Etos or Kruidvat) sell over-the-counter medication, personal care products and much more. Many Pharmacies also offer personal care products, but often you’ll find them to be cheaper at a Drugstore. You can also find some over-the-counter medication in supermarkets and petrol stations. You can also order (prescription) medication online, but make sure you deal with an authorized provider.

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Pharmacy ➜

Prescriptions can only be filled at a Pharmacy, which registers your insurance details, provides you with usage instructions and informs you about possible side effects and check for possible interactions with other medication you may be…

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When do I need a prescription ➜

A simple way of finding out is asking the Pharmacist what you are looking for and they will tell you whether you need a prescription or not. You can also check this by looking up the…

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Where to buy medication ➜

You can only buy Prescription Medication at a Pharmacy. Over-the-counter drugs Over-the-counter drugs, like antihistamines for hay fever, are available without a prescription. They are divided into three classes. Depending on their class, you can buy…

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Cost of medication and service fees ➜

Prescription medication is covered by the Basic Health insurance. The cost count towards your excess (eigenrisico) and for some medication there will be a personal contribution. The Pharmacy will charge you for the medication plus the…