Health Care Defined
Health Care is generally defined as the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of mental and physical well-being through the services offered by the medical and allied health professions.
Health Care in Aruba
Around the world, each country has its own Health Care system, mostly publicly funded. As of January 2001, Aruba has a general health care system which is publicly funded and managed by the General Health Insurance Authority (Uitvoerings Orgaan AZV) with the purpose to maintain an accessible, efficient and effective basic health care for its citizens. The health care budget represents a little over 10% of the National Budget (2010). Additional insurance is optional true the courtesy of private (local and international) insurance companies.
Aruba is linked to the World Health Organization via the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
Health Care Providers
For accessible, efficient and effective basic health care, the General Health Insurance Authority is working closely with a number of health care providers, including but not limited to: general practitioners (GP’s), specialists, dentists, pharmacists, foundations, and a full service hospital.