Academic programmes, training and research are for the benefit of patients. They profit from the special diagnostics and specific treatments that are available at the VU University Medical Center.

It is for this reason that many patients are referred to the VU University Medical Center by other hospitals. More than half of all patients come from outside Amsterdam. This partly explains the Center's efforts to adopt an increasingly multidisciplinary approach to care. In this way, consultation, diagnosis, treatment and result can be completed, as far as possible, in a single visit to the clinic or outpatients department. It leads to a greater focus on the individual to be treated, both as a patient and as a person.