Conversations about healthcare in the Netherlands
In this episode, we discuss healthcare and giving birth in the Netherlands. Jolanda de Bie, a healthcare researcher, talks about three important aspects of Dutch healthcare: medical insurance, GP’s, and cultural expectations. Mari Gordon, a certified doula, goes over some common myths and misconceptions about giving birth in the Netherlands. We also hear from Amsterdam Mama Barbara Fine, about a surprising house visit.
In regard to the Dutch healthcare system, we discuss:
- Why health insurance is mandatory
- Basic insurance coverage and additional insurance options
- What are the costs for children?
- How to compare and shop for insurance plans
- When you can change your insurance plan or company
- How to find a GP
- The role the GP plays in the Dutch healthcare system
- What to do once you’ve found a GP in your neighborhood
- The beauty and frustrations of the referral system
- What the Consultatie Bureau does
- Things to know to have a better experience in the Dutch healthcare system
- Why the Netherlands is a low prescriber of antibiotics
- What outcomes the Dutch healthcare system is geared towards
Giving birth in the Netherlands:
- Do you have to give birth at home?
- What is the kraampakket?
- How many births take place at home in the Netherlands?
- What are the options for pain medication?
- Do you have to use a midwife? When can you use an OB?
- How soon after giving birth do you get sent home?
- Why is the kraamzorg so amazing?
Compare insurance providers and plans at Consumentenbond
Find a doctor at Zorgkaartnederland
The Birth Partner, by Peggy Simkin
Amsterdam Mamas articles:
Jolanda's article: A Quick Guide to Healthcare in Amsterdam
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