Few things are more distressing than becoming sick abroad. Do the doctors have the same wealth of knowledge as they do in your home country? Will you be able to communicate with them? What are the health facilities? It is undeniably hard to qualify medical care, as it depends on so many factors, but the general consensus – though there will always be someone who has a different opinion or experience – is that, whether you have the common cold, a serious illness or are expecting a baby, you are in good hands in the Netherlands.

There are, of course, differences, as this is a different culture. For this reason, we have selected a number of relevant topics (finding a family doctor, going to the hospital, having a baby and other medical issues) to help familiarize you with the careful, caring, though nonetheless Dutch approach to health care. And what always helps: (almost) all doctors speak English here.