Health Care

When people plan their vacation destination, an important consideration can be the availability of good medical care in the event of an illness or accident. Those concerned about these health issues can rest assured when considering Aruba.

Many Hotels are equipped with handicapped facilities and tourists have the possibility of renting a large assortment of health care products such as wheelchairs (both standard and electric) walkers, crutches, bed pans, concentrators, scooters etc.

Aruba is well equipped to handle virtually every medical problem. In unique cases where the island's own medical services do not cover the emergency, a patient can be quickly airlifted to nearby facilities (i.e. In Curacao).

Aruba boasts the Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital, a medical facility equipped with reputable medical staff, 280 beds and modern equipment. The hospital, opened in 1976, is located across from Punta Brabo Beach, and is within walking distance of some of the hotel district. It functions as a general hospital with established ties to the U.S., Colombian, Venezuelan, Puerto Rican, and Dutch hospitals for specialized treatment and care.

Emergency Services

Most of the hotels in Aruba have a consulting General Practitioner. In case of emergency at the Hotel, the front desk personnel can contact the hotel physician who will direct the patient to the hospital if necessary.

In case of an emergency outside the hotel all travelers can go to the emergency room where they will be attended. The Emergency Department has an attending physician on site 24 hours a day. The medical specialists are on call. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Services such as oxygen tanks and hemodialysis are available.

Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital

Sasakiweg, Aruba
Phone +297 527 4000
Fax +297 587 3348

Hotels have medical doctors and dentists on call. Appointments, if necessary, can be made through your hotel.

Centro Medico: Dr. Rudy Engelbrecht

Bernhardstraat 75
San Nicolas, Aruba
Phone +297 584 8833

This Medical Center is equipped with a reputable medical staff and modern equipment. Consulting hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Emergency assistance is available 24 hours, seven days a week.

Physicians available:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Plastic surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Gynecology
  • Obstetrics
  • Psychiatry and Otolaryngology
  • Neurology and Dermatology
  • Urology and Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Anesthesiology/Pain Management
  • Radiology
  • Nephrology

All physicians are licensed and certified in Holland, the United States and a few from South America. The attending nurses have received their degrees either in Holland, US or locally. Our local in-service training is Dutch certified.

The principal operating language in the hospital is Dutch. English is widely spoken and written as is our native tongue, Papiamento. Other languages spoken are Spanish and there are several employees that speak German and French fluently.

Medical services available

  • acute illness and disease prevention
  • on site urgent care/traumatology
  • elective and acute surgery
  • hemodialysis
  • on site pharmacy
  • on site diagnosis service such as radiology, neurophysiology, cardiac examinations
  • obstetrics
  • immigration health care checks
  • cardiac monitoring
  • assisted ventilations
  • air-ambulance services

Laboratory services

The lab is government owned. A wide range of testing is available such as blood chemistry, kidney, liver, and thyroid functions, HIV testing, hepatitis A, etc.

  • Radiology
  • All common diagnostic procedures
  • Ultrasonography
  • Angiography
  • Mammograms
  • CT scan
  • Cardiac tests
  • Endoscopy

Hospital Emergency Services Available

  • The hospital facility is a minor trauma center
  • The first point of contact in case of a medical emergency is the emergency room at the hospital

The emergency medical equipment and capabilities

  • Cardiac monitoring and resuscitation
  • Traumatology
  • Burns have to referred to the burn centers in the US

Posada Clinic Aruba (Center for Hemodialysis)

L.G. Smith Blvd. #14
Phone +297 582 0840
Fax +297 583 5664

The Posada Clinic Aruba offers hemodialysis service to the public. The center offers eight units fully equipped with modern Fresenius 2008-H machines and a TV and VCR, and telephone at each station. Flexible treatment schedules with multi-lingual staff is available. One person is allowed to accompany the patient during their treatment. Reservations are required three months in advanced. Only HIV negative and Hepatitis B negative patients can be treated.

The Clinic Offers:

  • 8 state-of-the-art Fresenius machines
  • hemodialysis: standard, acetate, bicarbonate, high flux, single needle
  • no-reuse
  • each station with own color TV/VCR
  • C.A.P.D. and backup
  • Professional, friendly and multilingual staff
  • Free drinks and snacks

Our dialysis staff consists of Certified Registered Nurses with dialysis experience and trained for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Mrs. Glenda Kelly, R.N. is in charge of the daily operations of Posada Clinic Aruba

Air Ambulance

President: Rubert Richards
Medical Coordinator: Ronald Roos
Address: Reina Beatrix Airport
Tel: +297 582 9197 (24HRS)
Fax: +297 582 2791

Aruba Heart Institute

The Aruba Heart Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The Institute's Mission is to advance the understanding and treatment of cardiovascular disease through innovative programs in research, education and patient care in Aruba. It is the first cardiovascular center in Aruba.

The Aruba Heart Institute is a chartered, non-profit organization located next to the Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital and jointly offering patient care. Its work is made possible by a combination of philanthropy, private funds, patient care and research contracts. Included in the facilities available to AHI are a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory, a cardiology day care ward with monitoring and dedicated research laboratories.

The Aruba Heart Institute can facilitate interventional research programs developed in cooperation with the Texas Heart Institute/St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and as such be a leader in interventional cardiology. Tours of the Institute can be arranged, and health care professionals are available to present talks to organizations on various heart-related topics.

For more information about Aruba Heart Institute, or to schedule a tour or a speaker, please contact the AHI Public Affairs Office by writing P.O. Box 4309, Oranjestad, Aruba, or calling +297 593 0303.

Health Supplies

Handicap Facilities

Limited facilities for the physically disabled are available. Most properties have wheelchairs and canes available.

The following hotels are equipped for wheelchairs; they have elevators and ground floor rooms:

  1. Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort and Casino
  2. Allegro Resort and Casino
  3. La Cabana All Suite Beach Resort and Casino
  4. Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino
  5. Costa Linda Beach Resort
  6. Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino
  7. Tamarijn Aruba (you can request ground floor level)
  8. Caribbean Palm Village Resort: They do not have the facilities but you can request ground floor level
  9. The Aruba Marriott Resort and the Holiday Inn Aruba offer full handicap facilities in the Rooms.

Dental Services

There are a number of good dental services on Aruba.

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