Making an appointment at the TB department
The TB department can be contacted from Monday to Friday to make an appointment by phoning (020) 555 5240.
Phone in the morning between 9 am and 11 am or
in the afternoon between 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm.
Changes to consulting hours
From 1 November 2017, visitors and patients can only be seen if they have an appointment. There will be no walk-in surgery any more.
Health professionals such as GPs (family doctors), specialists, first line assistants, etc. may make use of the email address given above or, if they wish to consult colleagues they may phone (020) 555 3891 (please note that questions from clients will not be answered on this telephone number).
Proof of identity
Always bring valid proof of your identity with you to an appointment at the GGD (Public Health Service of Amsterdam) TB department. This is mandatory since the healthcare provider is obliged to check that you are the person who matches the Citizen Service Number (BSN). This check is carried out to prevent mistakes and cases of mistaken identity when information is exchanged. For more information about the Citizen Service Number, please visit the central government’s website.
You may be asked to show proof of your identity when you come for subsequent appointments too. So please bring valid proof of identity with you whenever you visit the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD).
Fee charged by health insurance company
Sometimes you do not have to pay for a test, a certificate or treatment for tuberculosis. But not always. More information about fees and policy excess can be found here.
It costs money for the GGD to conduct tests and provide treatment. Since 1 April 2014, the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD) has been charging your healthcare insurance company for any supplementary tests when you are suspected of having been infected by tuberculosis. This may affect your excess. We adhere to the rates set by the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZA) for these charges. Please contact your health insurance company for more information, or consult your policy.
All fees charged for children under the age of 18 will be reimbursed by the health insurance company.
The prices for the various tests are:
- Tuberculin skin test (Mantoux) € 28.55
- BCG vaccination € 48.97
- Chest X-ray € 43.66
- IGRA (Immune Gamma Release Assay) € 39.33
Electronic Patient/Client Record (EPD)
Every time you attend the GGD tuberculosis unit, information about you is recorded. We keep a record of your personal details, including your Citizen Service Number (BSN) and medical information about the tests you are having. This information is recorded in electronic patient records which are used by all the GGD TB department in the Netherlands.
This system enables the GGD TB department where you are currently being treated to consult the information that another GGD TB department has about you.
The information in your medical records is always medically confidential. If you move house, your records can be transferred to another GGD.
EPD opt-out form
If you object to your details being consulted by another GGD and/or your medical records possibly being transferred to another GGD, you can make this known by completing the opt-out form. You can request this form from the GGD TB department and hand it in there too. Other GGDs will then not be able to access your records.
If you do not complete a form, we will assume that you give permission for other GGD TB department to consult the information we have available about you, if your personal health (or that of other people) makes that necessary.
Information about tuberculosis, tests and treatment is available in writing. The information leaflets provided nationwide by the KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation can be found at the KNCV website.
If tuberculosis is diagnosed, the doctor attending the patient is required to report this to the Public Health Service. This is a legal requirement. The GGD collects information about this infectious disease, including its symptoms, the diagnostics performed, the results of diagnostics and how and where the possible infection took place. All this information is entered into Osiris, the registration system managed by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
By conducting surveillance (systematic data collection) of notifiable communicative diseases, we are better able to combat these infectious diseases and prevent them from spreading. This tells us how often they occur, where they occur, in which population groups and what the best treatment is.