International Health Centre Rotterdam   Gerdesiaweg 488   3061 RA Rotterdam

Int. Health Centre Rotterdam
Gerdesiaweg 488
3061 RA Rotterdam
  010 - 200 49 00

International Health Centre Rotterdam   Gerdesiaweg 488   3061 RA Rotterdam

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Temporary closure

UPDATE: Reopening 19 November. iHCR is temporarily closing down again. Patients who were previously seen at iHCR and need a follow-up for the same medical issue, will still receive care. Everyone else will have to wait or turn to regular GP practices.

– 22 October till 19 November
Exception; If you were previously seen by us and need a follow-up, please email us at and put “follow-up” in the subject line.

Shortage of staff.

How to get medical care:
We recommend anyone and everyone to register with a GP. Check if you are eligible for registration at our partner Wijnhaven here.
If you struggle to find a GP, ask your health insurer for help.

Are you not able to register? You can ask any regular day practice for care as a casual (non-registered) patient. If it is urgent, they cannot refuse you care.
There is also an urgent care centre in the Saint Franciscus Hospital, open in evenings/weekends/holidays.

Fit to fly certificates:

We are no longer providing Covid tests or certificates, due to the introduction of the Coronacheck app.

Covid vaccinations

We are receiving a high count of inquiries relating to the Corona vaccinations. iHCR is not taking part in the vaccine administration process, as this has been delegated to the GGD (municipial health services). Subsequently, one cannot pay for a Covid vaccine anywhere in The Netherlands. We kindly ask for you to refer to the information below or contact the GGD directly.

Getting the invitation

When it’s time for your population group to be vaccinated, you’ll get an invitation, either by letter or email. It will say what you have to take with you (such as your ID). It will also tell you where you can get the vaccination.

Most of you will get vaccinated through the GGD (municipial health services), who invite people based on registration with the municipality. If you are registered by address, you are in the system to get invited.

You can find the order of vaccination here. We cannot make any exceptions on the vaccination strategy or selection process, since this is decided by the government.

Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) advises all pregnant women to get vaccinated if they are invited to do so, with an mRNA vaccine from BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna. In the United States, more than 90,000 pregnant women have now received an mRNA vaccine. There have been no reports of serious side effects.

Coronavirus rules

Keep following the rules. A start has now been made on vaccination, but we all need to continue following the basic coronavirus rules:

– stay 1.5 metres away from others;
– wear a facemask in public indoor spaces;
– avoid busy places.

Even if you’ve already been vaccinated, it’s important to follow the rules. Because the virus is still around, and vaccination doesn’t provide 100% protection.

If you get symptoms of coronavirus disease despite having been vaccinated, get yourself tested. The chance that you’ll get COVID-19 is very small, but you can still get infected.

If you have any more questions, call 0800 1351.

Covid measures

International Health Centre has reopened. Due to this pandemic, walk-in healthcare is no longer possible. We have implemented new methods to continue providing care to internationals whilst complying with Covid-19 regulations.

We ask for you not to visit the practice unless you have a physical appointment. For those attending a physical appointment, a mask is mandatory inside the building.

Booking appointments

> Online, fill out our casual patient form here.
> We will contant you (only Monday, Tuesday, Friday) to book an appointment.
Please cancel appointments >24 hours in advance (Monday-Friday) by emailing us at

Measures implemented
– No one is allowed inside the building without an appointment
– Most appointments are conducted by phone or video call.
– We will ensure the waiting area is never crowded
– A mask is mandatory
– Disinfecting your hands is mandatory
– We are continuously cleaning any surface area one may touch
– Our front desk assistant is behind glass
– Our doctor will be in PPE

iHCR is currently only seeing casual patients, those who do not have a GP in the Netherlands or those requiring a service their own GP doesn’t provide.
To register, please inquire at our Blaak location. Information regarding registrations at Blaak can be found here.

If you suspect you have symptoms of Corona, please call the national number 0800-1202 to request a test. This test is free of charge for anyone, and there is no co-pay or deductible.
For general information we would like to refer you to this pagethe RIVM and the national Corona information number 0800-1351.


Our Wijnhaven location is open for new registrations.


– You live in our care area;
– You have a Dutch “Basisverzekering” insurance OR one of the following: InsureToStudy, OOM GHU/NNAM, ONVZ Health.
If you are unsure if you are eligible to register, you can e-mail us your zipcode and insurance company.

Note: AON student insurance and OOM SIN are not accepted.

All of the above are necessary to register at our Wijnhaven practice.

How to register:
Please visit the Wijnhaven website to register.

Still unable to find a GP?

If you not able to register with us, you can find other GPs near you at
Simply enter your zipzode and search on the map.

International Health Centre provides care to those without a registered GP in Rotterdam. You can book appointments without registration here.

If you are still unable to find a GP near you, please contact your health insurance company. Dutch health insurance companies that fall under the Health Insurance Act (ZVW 2009) are obligated to find you a doctor near your home. Your residence address must be near your GP, because he/she has an obligation to be at your home within a certain timeframe in case of an emergency. This is why your health insurance company will serve as a mediator to help you find a GP near your home, even if all practices are full.


For registration in a pharmacy in the centre of Rotterdam, you can inquire at:

Apotheek Lagaay – Westblaak
Medsen Apotheek Wijnhaven
BENU Apotheek Spanhoff
Apotheek Ramleh
BENU Apotheek Erasmus 
BENU Apotheek Wester in Rotterdam


Health insurance

Do you live or work in the Netherlands? Then you are required, under the Health Insurance Act (in Dutch: Zorgverzekeringswet), to get health Insurance. As an expat you have to take out Dutch health insurance within four months after you receive your residence permit. This health insurance is compulsory.

Dutch health insurance

The Dutch government is responsible for the quality of the Dutch health care system. However, it is not in charge of managing it. Even if you have insurance in your homeland, you are still required to have health insurance in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands there are different insurers which you can chose from. All have their own policies and regulations, so it is best to compare different insurance companies. This way you can pick out the insurer that fits your needs best. You are free to choose your own health insurer. Furthermore, you can change your health insurer once a year.

The costs

You will have to pay your insurer a monthly fee (which is called premie). This fee depends on the insurance plan you choose. Every insurer has different plans, with different fees and different covering. Then, there is also the own risk amount (eigen risico). That is an annual amount you have to pay out of your own pocket, to cover the first medical costs up to €385. You have the choice to increase your ‘eigen risico’ and get a deduction on your monthly premium. Consult your insurance company for more information abut this.

Mandatory and supplementary

Your health insurance consists of  mandatory health insurance and supplementary insurance, which is optional. The mandatory coverage is more or less the same for every health insurer, but the supplementary insurance can differ a lot.

Mandatory health insurance covers:

  • Basic medical care; including care provided by general practitioners, medical specialists and obstetricians
  • Dental care up to the age of 18
  • Hospitalisation
  • Maternity care
  • Therapies and dietary advice (with limitations)
  • Most medicines and medical devices and products

Supplementary insurance covers:

  • Glasses and contact lenses
  • Dental care for adults
  • Physiotherapy
  • Alternative medical products

The monthly premium for the mandatory health insurance is approximately around € 115 (2019). As stated, the supplementary premium differs per health insurer.

Everyone over the age of 18 pays a monthly premium for the mandatory health insurance. Those who are younger than 18 years are insured and do not have to pay any premium or excess. Note that newborns must be registered with a health care insurer within four months after birth.

Prices healthcare

The maximum charges for the incidental and acute care by general practitioners who offer healthcare to casual patients are determined each year by the NZA (Dutch Health Authority).


Casual patient fees NZA (2021)
– Consultation 20 minutes € 61,83
– Consulation follow-up € 30,91
– Minor surgery € 95,01

This includes the consultation itself, including any prescription(s) or referral(s) deemed necessary by our doctor.
It does not include: The medication from the pharmacy, lab tests, or anything else outside of our practice.



If you have a Dutch health insurance “Basisverzekering”, we will take care of the reimbursement for you.

For the following insurances, you will have to pay in advance:

– European health insurance card;
– Student/expat Insurance (Allianz, Allianz CZ, AON, Cigna, IPS, Loonzorg, SOS International, Unigarant);
– Other foreign or private health insurances.

We will provide you with a receipt, which you can use to claim the cost back from your health insurer.
Upon request, we can also provide you with a letter detailing your visit, may you need one for your claim.

iHCR will not be responsible for any deductibles, co-pays or non-covered services. Please inquire beforehand with your insurer.