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

People, not patients!

Together with our members, we marked a point on the timeline: 2030! Far enough away to be able to dream of an idealistic future, close enough to keep both feet on the ground. This look to the future has led to exciting discussions and inspirational meetings – made possible by all the patients and patient representatives who continue to remind us of the differences between people.

We are not all the same; far from it. And patients are not all the same. Some are vulnerable and dependent, while others are more self-aware and not afraid of making their voices heard. And that is exactly what the Netherlands Patients Federation and its members want to devote themselves to in the coming years – putting their heart and soul and professionalism into improving lives.

No more patients!
We cherish the lives of people and what they are capable of!

Our five goals for the future. In 2030...
1.... it will be easy for me to live healthily
2.... all my health needs will be within easy reach
3.… healthcare will be aimed at improving my quality of life
4.... I will be able to live independently but will not be alone
5.… I will have access to the very best healthcare

> Read more about our goals for the future

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 voice to everyone who needs care now or in the future: in the consulting room, in politics, and in the news.

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Dutch care map
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Digital care guide
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‘My quality of life’ website
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Information and participation

Reliable and clear information is important, in order to be able to make choices about care. 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. In this way we form 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.


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 up answers for themselves.


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