Health screening

In the Netherlands, preventive health check-ups are arranged for a limited number of health problems and are nationally coordinated and free of charge. Invitations for taking part in health screening are sent by the Bevolkingsonderzoek Zuid Limburg or GGD Zuid-Limburg.

Participation is on a voluntary basis. For those not wanting to participate, return the invitation which indicates an opt out.

National preventive health check-ups are carried out for: 
  • Cervical cancer (once every 5 years for women aged 30-60)
  • Breast cancer (every 2 years for women aged 50-75)
  • Bowel cancer (every 2 years for those aged 55-75)
  • Influenza vaccination (for vulnerable age groups)
  • Hereditary high cholesterol level
  • Pregnancy screening, newborn screening tests and hearing tests.
  • Children are regularly tested for growth, hearing etc. at the child health clinics.  
Risk groups

Screening for other illnesses is not routine in the Netherlands. However, for those in a high-risk group (due to family history, previous illness, etc.) they will be monitored and screened regularly. A GP can write a referral for a specialist if necessary.