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The Hague introduces an official GP for students

The Hague is the newest and fastest-growing place to study in the Netherlands. There are nearly 31,000 full-time students in the city, of whom around 6,500 are international students. To meet the specific needs of students even better, an official student general practitioner is now available in The Hague. Dutch as well as international students can come here to share concerns about and problems with their health. As the GPs speak both Dutch and English, proper student care will become accessible and clear.

Age and lifestyle
Student en Stad, a collaboration between all higher education institutions and the municipality of The Hague, went looking for an official student GP in The Hague. It eventually settled on general practice De Doc, which has two locations in The Hague city centre and which will now provide a service called StudentDoc. The option to register with the student GP in The Hague will be suggested to new students during the introductory days. Other services by the GP include information sessions at educational institutions as well as collaboration with student counsellors and student psychologists to provide students with even better health care. It goes without saying that students are always free to register with other GPs in The Hague.

One stop for proper care
In addition to its general practice, StudentDoc also focuses on issues related to staying healthy in student life, stress, contraception, STDs and smoking cessation. An English-speaking physiotherapist and psychologist are available to students as well. StudentDoc has two locations in The Hague city centre. Click here to learn more or to register with StudentDoc.

“Het aantal studenten in Den Haag groeit rap. Het is mooi te zien hoe jongeren zich vol enthousiasme onderdompelen in het Haagse studentenleven. Natuurlijk zijn er ook zorgen onder studenten. Bijvoorbeeld om de gezondheid of studiestress. Voor hen willen we een bezoek aan de huisarts zo laagdrempelig mogelijk maken. Daar komt bij dat internationale studenten het soms nog lastig vinden zich in te schrijven bij een huisarts. Dat is niet alleen onhandig, maar ook onveilig. Een echte studentenhuisarts, stond daarom al lang op ons verlanglijstje.” 
Hilbert Bredemeijer, wethouder Onderwijs, Sport en Buitenruimte
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