What to do in case of illness?
If you have a health-related problem, you can be helpded by a whole number of healthcare workers. However, it is best to see a general practitioner (GP or 'huisarts' in Dutch) first of all rather than going immediately to a hospital.
Medicines and drugs
Mandatory healthcare cover entitles the policyholder to a basic refund, i.e. to a refund for certain types of medication, and an allowance for numerous healthcare services.
Knowing what to do in case of emergency can make all the difference. Read up on personal safety in Ghent, the civil emergency services (ambulance, police, fire department) and the university's own Emergency Centre.
Health is of course more than physical wellbeing:
- dealing with culture shock and mental health
- sexual health
- engaging with the (inter)national community
- bringing your children along
Children and health
The organisation Kind en Gezin (K&G or 'Child and Family') offers free services to expectant parents and families with children under the age of three. These include information sessions and home visits by a nurse. They oversee pre-school vaccinations and undertake hearing and sight tests.
Health and safety at work
The Health & Safety support services provide a central resource for health and safety to complement and support the work of safety officers in the University’s academic departments. Together they ensure that the university is a safe and healthy place to work, study or visit.
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