Amsterdam - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

One member of our family was sick every couple of months the first year we were here. We chalked it up to the new environment. We've heard the same from most expat families. They're conservative on medicating here. They take more of a wait and see approach. After two years we switched to an expat doctor because the Dutch practice basically refused to treat the symptoms. They are much more holistic and homeopathic here than in most other Western countries. Medical facilities are state of the art and doctors are well-trained though so there shouldn't be any fear if you have a serious illness or injury, just prepare to be frustrated if you have cold, flu, intestinal or allergy symptoms! - Oct 2014

None. Very good medical care (especially if you're giving birth--one of the top 5 countries for mothers and babies; if you do give birth, look into getting a kraamzorg, which is like having your own Mary Poppins). But, they do have a different approach to medication and pain management (more naturalistic than in the U.S.) so be aware of that. - Jun 2014

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