Access to healthcare 

All asylum seekers are entitled to proper healthcare while in the Netherlands.


For people living in a reception center:

The GC A is the medical department in every reception center. They provide both medical and psychological health to asylum seekers staying in reception centers. If you are in need of medical care, you will first see a general practitioner (a doctor) who can then refer you to a specialist if needed.

For emergencies outside of normal business hours, you can call 088 112 1122. You should also contact your COA contact person.


For people living outside of a reception center:

The Association of Community Health Services Netherlands (GGD) helps all people residing in the Netherlands with preventative healthcare and medical advice. The website below allows you to search for your local GGD by location.


HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus/ Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is a disease affecting the human immune system. The infection is spread through contact with certain bodily fluids, most commonly through sexual intercourse or intravenous needle sharing. The HIV virus invades the cells in our bodies that fight common infections, and eventually prevents the body from being able to fight and recover from many illnesses. This later stage is called AIDS. The only way to know if you have HIV is to be tested, and with anti-retroviral treatment (ART) it is possible to stop the progression of the disease from HIV into AIDS. There is currently no cure for HIV/AIDS, but scientific advances are being made.

If you think you might have been infected with HIV, or an STI you can get tested at a testing center.

You can also get tested by the Association of Community Health Services Netherlands (GGD). The website below allows you to search for your local GGD by location.

Click here for more information about HIV/AIDS

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