The following types of hospitals exist in the Netherlands.
General hospitals provide healthcare within different departments and specialties. For instance a surgical nursing ward, a pediatric ward, a laboratory, or intensive care. The bigger the hospital, the more specialties there are.
The Netherlands has eight academic hospitals (Universitary Medical Centres). There, students of medicine are trained as doctors or medical specialists. All common specialisms are present.
These hospitals are specialised in specific healthcare or focus on a certain category of patients. Examples include cancer centers, eye hospitals and children’s hospitals.
Independent treatment centres
These are independent (private) clinics that provide medical specialist care. This may also be healthcare that is not reimbursed from the Dutch basic package (such as some cosmetic procedures).
There are no state-owned hospitals in the Netherlands.