RHCA - visiting the Netherlands

The Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) we have the Netherlands may cover some of your medical costs in the Netherlands public health system.

It must be:

  • essential care that can’t wait till you get home
  • within 12 months after you arrive - in some cases you may be able to extend this

What’s covered

It covers:

  • hospital care - this includes:
    • specialist care
    • nursing
  • prescription medicine - a full or part refund
  • transport - a part refund for ambulance or taxi travel to get urgent care
  • care from doctors - this includes:
    • GPs
    • specialists
    • psychiatric care if you’re 18 or older
  • other kinds of health care - this includes:
    • paramedics
    • childbirth

What it doesn’t cover

It doesn’t cover:

  • staying in a comfort or single room in hospital unless it’s essential
  • non-specialist dental care if you’re 18 or older
  • psychiatric care if you’re under 18
  • repatriation costs - costs associated with sending you back to your home country

Your travel insurance may cover these and other extra costs.

What to do

Get a certificate of eligibility

You can do this when you arrive in the Netherlands or before you leave home.

Fill in the Application form for an A111 Certificate of Eligibility.

Get copies of:

  • your current passport
  • your Medicare card

Post all 3 documents to:

Zilveren Kruis
Groep Buitenlands Recht
Postbus 650
7300 AR APELDOORN Netherlands

To get free care

You won’t need to pay if you go to a doctor who works with the health department, Zilveren Kruis.

To find one:

When you get there, show your A111 certificate.

To get a refund for care

You may need to pay a bill if you:

  • go to a doctor who’s not with Zilveren Kruis, or
  • don’t show an A111 certificate

You can get a refund by sending Zilveren Kruis:

Post to:

Zilveren Kruis
Groep Buitenlands Recht
Postbus 650
7300 AR APELDOORN Netherlands

If you have questions call +31 (0)33 445 6870

Page last updated: 28 August 2017