Special ambulance care

Special ambulance care

The transport of patients from another country to the Netherlands, or vice versa, for medical reasons, is special ambulance care.

The ministerial regulation attached to the Interim Ambulance Care Act contains a number of deviating provisions for special ambulance care. These concern:

  • transport in Netherlands Red Cross Society ambulances of people whose state of health will not be affected by the transport;
  • transport in hospital ambulances on the hospital site;
  • transport in Belgian ambulances in the context of cross-border emergency ambulance transport;
  • transport in German ambulances in the context of cross-border emergency ambulance transport;
  • ambulance transport of seriously ill or severely disabled people in connection with the granting of a wish, in many cases a last wish, of a social or recreational nature;
  • ambulance transport on a company’s site and from that company’s site to a hospital, treating doctor or the patient’s home.
  • transport to and from other countries.

In all these examples, the ambulance dispatch centre has to be notified of the transport.

There are additional requirements for cross-border transporters, which are laid down in the Regulation, Interim Ambulance Care Act, Sections 26 to 34.