Information for Patients
As an oversees territory of the Netherlands, healthcare in Aruba is of the same quality and comparable to European standards. EU citizens and Dutch residents can also benefit from the healthcare service accordingly and services cover mental health as well. New residents are required by law to register on local Dutch Caribbean Ministry of Health office in order to acquire medical coverage. Private care is available as well but due to the high quality of public services, there aren’t many private clinics apart from hyper specialized fields or bespoke care in obstetrics.
In cases where a specialty is not met on Aruba, patients can be airlifted to Curacao for comparable treatment under the Dutch health system.
Information for Health Care Professionals
All medical professionals must have all legal documents both notarized and legalized local by the Dutch Embassy or Consulate and submit to relevant medical associations. Upon submission to the local embassy, exams for specific specialties must be submitted. Please check with relevant Dutch medical societies per specialty prior to submission to clarify key requirements.
The language of medical instruction in Aruba is Dutch. Dutch is a requirement in order to practice in Aruba.
Aruba is also home to the strongest and most influential bio-medical research laboratory in all of the Caribbean.
Information for Travelers
Aruba receives a fair amount of medical tourism from neighboring islands due to the high healthcare quality provided by the island, which is comparable to services in the Netherlands.
The Zika virus is not common on the island but checking the local advisory prior to travel is advised.
The common language of hospitals in Aruba is Dutch however a majority of doctors can speak English fluently.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://english.rijksdienstcn.com