Information for Patients
Healthcare coverage is a mandatory requirement in Bonaire. As a Dutch Territory, Bonaire, Sint Eustasius and Saba receive the same quality of healthcare and healthcare services as in the Netherlands. EU citizens and Dutch residents can also benefit from the healthcare service accordingly. New residents are required to register with the 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, is not as frequented except in the cases of certain specialties (example: IVF)
Information for Health Care Professionals
All medical professionals must have all legal documents both notarized and legalized by the local 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 Bonaire, Sint Eustasius and Saba is Dutch. Dutch is a requirement in order to practice in Bonaire, Sint Eustasius and Saba.
Information for Travelers
Bonaire, St Eustasius and Saba receive 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 Bonaire, St Eustasius and Saba 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