Health Care in Honduras
Dec 03, 2012
Are you considering a vacation or perhaps a long-term stay in Honduras? You may wonder what that means for your personal healthcare. Thankfully, as a country's infrastructure develops, so does its ability and desire to add and improve valuable medical facilities.
Medical care in Honduras fluctuates significantly in quality, availability and location. The majority of quality Honduran doctors were trained in the U.S., therefore their practices are kept up-to-date and they will usually speak English. The Honduras Medical Center, an international-quality hospital, opened in 2003 in Honduras' capital city of Tegucigalpa. It's capable of accommodating 74 in-patients, offers 31 ambulatory-service beds and boasts five operating rooms. In addition, it offers an all-digital radiology department with MRI and a high-speed CT scan as well as an advanced trauma centre. This medical centre was actually built in conjunction with The Family Hospital Group of Companies of Boston, MA to ensure quality, world-class healthcare would be available to the people of Honduras.
The other option for first-rate medical care in Honduras is located in the country's second-largest city of San Pedro Sula. The CEMESA Hospital is smaller then the Honduras Medical Centre but offers the latest in medical technology and a variety of English-speaking doctors in every specialty.
Whether you're travelling for a short time or a long time in Honduras, it's always important to remember that you are in Central America and many aspects, especially the illnesses you can contract, are much different from North America. Particularly important points to remember are how close you are to the equator; so don't forget your sunscreen! Also, the mosquitoes in this part of the world can carry several diseases, bug repellent and appropriate clothing should be must-have items when visiting or living in Honduras. For extra protection, it's never a bad idea to have health insurance - the Honduras Medical Center will accept all major insurance company plans, local or otherwise, and even offers affordable insurance options if you're thinking of making your stay in Honduras more permanent.
Honduras is a breathtaking country, and is continually working to offer the same medical comforts you would receive in North America. It may be true that if you were to sit down, and base your decision of where to travel, retire or live on the healthcare of that country, Honduras may not be number one. That being said, Honduras already has two significant medical centers, and as its popularity and subsequent population grows, healthcare options will undoubtedly grow as well. Practicing basic common sense and researching possible health risks associated with visiting or living in a foreign country should always be top of mind, allowing you to simply enjoy the beauty that is Honduras!