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04-17-2016, 05:19 PM
Hi Bonaire Lovers!
We are considering moving to Bonaire and have a couple questions regarding Bonaire healthcare. Once local residency has been established would you advise getting additional insurance outside of what the Bonaire government offers for local health care coverage?
Someone had mentioned a supplemental insurance from a company called Ennia?
We are in our 40's and in good health...but you never know.

Also - is there a Mammogram/Breast Screening machine on island? If not, where is the closest one?

Thank you!

04-18-2016, 08:06 AM
As far as I know, the supplemental insurance that Ennia offers is simply an upgrade from third class to first class, in case you are hospitalized. So, instead of being in a ward, you would have a private or semi-private room. I do not believe it covers anything else.

And yes, there is a mammogram machine on Bonaire now.

04-18-2016, 10:34 AM
Thank you Susan!

04-19-2016, 08:38 AM
Ennia in English:


04-19-2016, 10:40 AM
Once you become a Bonaire Resident then you need to register with the local health insurance system by going there and showing them your letter that says your residency was approved. After that all you need to do is present your sedula at the doctors office, hospital or pharmacy and all treatments and medications are provided at no cost to you.

Overall the healthcare system on Bonaire is very good, and it is free. In the case of complicated health problems or surgeries, you see your house doctor here, and those things that can't be handled here at the Bonaire hospital are referred to specialists on Curacao or Aruba, or Holland or Columbia. These are things like heart surgery, some forms of cancer treatment and other "big" problems. I have lived here for 13 years and found the health care system to be very good. I would say that 90% of your possible health issues can be handled via the hospital and resident and visiting doctors on Bonaire

Bonaire has visiting specialists in nearly every specialty you can think of; orthopedic surgeons, cardiologists, oncologists, dermatologists, etc. and so most health issues can be handled on island, and you are referred elsewhere for very specialized surgeries or treatments. I have friends who have had hip and knee replacements done here by visiting surgeons, so most of the time you can be treated here.

Bonaire has a general surgeon on staff at all times to take care of routine surgeries and and emergencies. over the years I have had an opportunity to meet with many of them, and they are nice and very competent. They are usually trauma surgeons from the main hospital in Amsterdam who are on rotations of 6 to 8 weeks on Bonaire, via a doctor exchange program between, the hospital in Amsterdam and Bonaire. After their 6 to 8 weeks they go back to Holland to their normal job. Some of them really like Bonaire, and have been coming here for many years.

If you want supplemental health insurance, i would suggest two options. One is to carry the DAN insurance which covers you for a medivac back to the US is you have a health issues while visiting Bonaire. I NOT sure how it works if or if it works at all if you are a resident. It is inexpensive and covers most everything. You can contact Divers Action Network for all of the details.

You can also purchase ex-pat medical insurance that will pay your US medical costs, but only if YOU are NOT a resident of the US. You can arrange for one with a high deductible, but the costs can be significant. If you Google "ex-pat medical insurance" you will find companies that offer the insurance.

Ennia might be a good option as well, just see what it covers, and if they will pay for you to go to the US for treatment for example.

Keep in mind that you US health insurance WILL NOT cover you if you are residing in a foreign country.

Hope this helps.

04-24-2016, 11:15 AM
Thank you Bonairehomes... Very helpful!