More information about these and other patient rights: Anybody living or working in the Netherlands is required to have basic insurance cover.This basic insurance covers the standard care and costs of a GP, hospital or pharmacy, for example.
It may be possible to arrange a payment plan or the health provider can recover the costs from the National Health Care Institute.
If you do not have a residence permit, you can get tested for HIV or an STI at your GP, a Community Health Clinic, or at a surgery run by Dokters van de Wereld in Amsterdam of The Hague .
If you have an STI, the GP can prescribe you a course of treatment or refer you to a specialist.
If you don’t want to visit your GP for an STI test, certain groups of people can be tested at the community health clinic free of charge and anonymously.
If you have an STI, the community health clinic doctor can prescribe you a course of treatment or refer you to a specialist.
You can also be tested free of charge and anonymously at the community health clinic if: If an HIV test reveals that you have HIV, you will be referred to a specialist in internal medicine at an HIV treatment centre at a hospital.
An important right, for example, is the right to privacy.
This means that information about your health cannot be shared with others without your permission. If you are found to have HIV or another STI, a doctor cannot share this information indiscriminately.
You can get tested if you or one of your parents come from an area with high rates of STIs and HIV.
These areas are: If one or more of your sexual partners comes from one of these areas, you can also get tested at the community health clinic.
In the healthcare system, you are therefore always entitled to a professional interpreter.