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08-26-2016, 09:18 AM
Hello I am looking to move to Bonaire but am curious about the health insurance. I may or may not have a job when I get there.

That being said...If I do get the job first and will be provided insurance what happens with pre-existing illnesses that need to be evaluated once a year? Will I be able to go back to the states to get it checked? Do I have a choice as to where I go?

If I don't have the job lined up and move there anyway what is the suggested private medical insurance?

Lots of questions as I go through this process

08-30-2016, 08:55 AM
All legal residents of Bonaire are entitled to free health care, including primary doctor, specialists, hospital, prescription medications, and necessary medical trips to Curacao, Aruba, and Colombia. This right has no connection to employment. But you will not be sent to the US. If you feel you must return to the US, you must pay for US health insurance.

Whether a medical condition is pre-existing is irrelevant. You're thinking of for-profit insurance in the US. Bonaire is single payer, not-for-profit insurance.

It does not cover dental care. Otherwise, it's wonderful!

08-30-2016, 09:13 AM
Good to know! now if I can figure out what it takes to be a legal resident :) this is all new to me.

09-13-2016, 08:04 PM
What tish said is absolutely true ... becoming a resident is a laborious, but relatively straightforward process ... particularly now since Americans are treated like Dutch. PM me if you have any questions.

07-20-2017, 01:47 PM
What are the Dental and Vision care options (and quality of care) for residents? I heard something this morning that, at least in Holland, Dental care does not use anesthesia/novocaine --- REALLY, is this true even on Island?