Netherlands Patients Federation

netherlands patients federation logo 350pxThe Netherlands Patients Federation represents more than 200 patient organisations. We are committed to every person who needs care. We make patients' voices heard in the consultation room, in politics, by the health insurance company and in the news.

Our main topics are:

  • Quality of care
  • Patients’ rights 
  • Healthcare choices and choice information
  • Affordable care
  • Elderly and long-term care
  • Digital care

More person, less patient!

Our vision of healthcare in 2030: The patient does not exist. The one is vulnerable and dependent, the other is self-confident and easily raises his voice. But we have one characteristic in common: striving towards a good and meaningful life. That is what the Netherlands Patients Federation, together with its members, is working towards with heart, soul and professionalism in the coming years.

Our five visions of the future. In 2030 ...

  1. ... it is easy for me to live healthily
  2. ... everything for my health is within my reach
  3. ... care is about the quality of my life
  4. ... I live independently and am not left to cope alone
  5. ... I have access to the very best care

Influence on policy

Thanks to its members, the ratings on ZorgkaartNederland (Dutch care map), the information on DigitaleZorggids (digital care guide), the experiences from (‘My quality of life’ website), the input from more than 23,000 care panel members and the questions put to the Nationale Zorgnummer (national healthcare number), the Netherlands Patients Federation knows what is going well and what can be improved according to patients. With this knowledge, the federation and its members exert influence on healthcare policy. And the Netherlands Patients Federation gives a voice to everyone who needs care now or in the future: in the consultation room and in politics, with the health insurance company and in the news.

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Dutch care map
Netherlands Patients Federation
Digital care guide
Netherlands Patients Federation
‘My quality of life’ website
Netherlands Patients Federation


Information and participation

To be able to make choices about care, good information is important. That is why we produce e-books, information cards and brochures.

Ikzoekeenpatient (‘I am looking for a patient’ website) is a collaboration between the Netherlands Patients Federation and a large group of patient organisations. Together we have a large network of patients. We also think about what is needed to introduce the patient perspective in research, conference, interview or focus group. Within our network, we look for the patient(s) with the appropriate experience and abilities.In Dutch.


Together with the Kennisbank (knowledge database), the Nationale Zorgnummer (national healthcare number) forms the helpdesk and the knowledge centre where everyone in the Netherlands can go for questions and answers. The Nationale Zorgnummer (national healthcare number) informs and refers if necessary. In the Kennisbank (knowledge database), people can look for themselves for an answer to their questions. In Dutch.


Netherlands Patients Federation
Orteliuslaan 871 - 1st floor
3528 BE Utrecht

PO Box 1539
3500 BM Utrecht

T 030 297 03 03
Chamber of Commerce no. 40482340
IBAN NL07RABO0188933328