Roatan Life : Healthcare and
the “Gold Standard”
by Carter Clews
Keyhole Bay, Roatan is an exclusive community, from
the gated guardhouse to the private beach.
This meticulously planned enclave consists of the
finest construction, finest amenities available, and
some of the finest views on the island. This exquisite
condominium community is worth a second and even third
look – yet it is still affordable at pre-construction
pricing now being offered.
To some, Keyhole Bay will be a permanent home; for
others a second home, a rental property, or a vacation
According to CNN Money, “The Honduras Bay
Islands are the top international markets for second
home buyers.” Because it is a place in the sun,
overlooking the cresting Caribbean Sea, this is the
closest thing to perfect that serious settlers and
second home buyers are likely to find.
At Keyhole Bay your every need has been carefully
scrutinized and anticipated, from international banking
to pure relaxation, from shopping to eating, from
entertainment to healthcare.
Yes...But what of health and
medical care in Roatan specifically, and more generally
in Honduras many of you have asked?
Roatan is a long serpent shaped island, about 40
miles long and an average of 1 mile wide. For descriptive
purposes locally, it’s divided into thirds;
the Western third, the Eastern third and the middle,
or Center Island.
THERE ARE MEDICAL CLINICS THROUGHOUT THE
There are medical clinics throughout the island;
the ones expats generally use are Polo Galindo Clinic
on the eastern end, Clinica Gomez in French Harbour
in the middle of the island, and for the western end
of the island, which is the most populated by tourists
and foreign residents, there are a couple of options.
Cornerstone Clinic in Anthony’s Key Resort
is also home to one of the two hyperbaric chambers
on Roatan and is staffed by two English-speaking doctors.
This clinic is an excellent primary care facility,
and will evaluate and refer for more specialist care.
Across the street is Clinica Esperanza, known locally
as Nurse Peggy’s hospital. Funded entirely by
donation and used primarily by locals, but also by
foreigners who live here.
The other option for the western part of Roatan is
Woods Medical Center, an 8-bed hospital, with lab
and out patient clinic in the town of Coxon Hole.
In general, people use the excellent medical facilities
on mainland Honduras for most of their needs.
The closest city is La Ceiba, which is a 15 minute
plane ride across to the north coast, or CEMESA in
San Pedro Sula, which involves a further 20 minutes
of flight time, or the capital city of Tegucigalpa,
which is home to Honduras Medical Center, one of the
most modern facilities in Central America.
Opened in June 2003, Honduras Medical Center is an
international quality hospital that has 74 in-patient
beds, 31 ambulatory service beds, 5 operating rooms,
full diagnostic services including an all-digital
radiology department with a MRI and a high speed CT
THE CAMPUS INCLUDES A MEDICAL OFFICE COMPLEX
OF 123 SUITES FOR PHYSICIAN OFFICES
The campus includes a medical office complex of 123
suites for physician offices, as well as an advanced
trauma center. The Center is a joint venture between
The Family Hospital Group of Companies of Boston,
Massachusetts and Grupo Atlantida of Honduras to provide
comprehensive, world class medical care to the people
of Honduras. Grupo Atlantida is a diversified financial
services organization, which includes the largest
bank in Honduras and an insurance company.
CEMESA, in San Pedro Sula, has full services for in
and out patient care. Several of the hospital rooms
are suites, where a family member can stay with the
patient. All services are available here, from simple
emergency room visits, to annual examinations, to
complex heart surgery. Many of the doctors at CEMESA
speak excellent English. This facility is the most
popular choice for residents of Roatan.
In the city of La Ceiba, Hospital D’Antoni
has all medical specialties covered and provides very
good medical care. Not as many doctors here speak
English, however, but there is always someone close
by to help with translation. This is also true at
the newly-expanded Medicentro, a clinical complex
for outpatient care. The facility has a full laboratory,
pharmacy and a wide range of specialties. All the
doctors are affiliated with hospital D’Antoni
for surgical and in-patient support.
Medical insurance is available in Honduras, but the
cost of care and medication is so low that most people
don’t have insurance. Honduras Medical Center
accepts 16 overseas health insurance programs, but
most places do not.
Roatan Air Services is a charter plane service based
on Roatan and in addition to air tours and charters
in general, they are available for emergency evacuation
to a mainland hospital, should the need arise.
The local airlines, Islena, Atlantic and SOSA are
all very helpful with medical situations too.
SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY THE END OF 2008, MEDICAL
AND DENTAL FACILITIES ARE PLANNED FOR KEYHOLE VILLAGE
Scheduled for completion by the end of 2008, medical
and dental facilities are planned for Keyhole Village,
Roatan, part of the upscale development of Keyhole
With the building of the Keyhole Village shopping
mall, set to begin in a matter of months, its worth
exploring a little more why Keyhole Bay is the owner,
Dan Taylor's, magnum opus.
Dan is the owner and developer of Keyhole Bay and
Keyhole Village but more importantly he is the visionary
who saw what these projects should be – the
absolute best. He has lived and created successful
paradise-style projects all around the world... and
knows exactly what to look for.
"This growth, this explosion in the Bay Islands
is in its infancy. The potential for solid returns
at this time is phenomenal! Even better...the government
of Honduras is revising the tax structure making the
islands a Free Trade Zone which will bring down the
costs and many taxes and invite more development."
says Dan, "For example, Capital Gains taxes will
be reduced from 10% to 4% in the next few weeks. Vacation,
Resort and Cruise companies are planning to double
the number of visitors to the island in each of the
next two years. This will drive the demand for nice
properties up dramatically, while the supply of such
properties is very low. These strong factors, when
combined, will result in some magnificent returns
for early investors."
"Besides," he adds smiling, looking out
across the calm Caribbean Sea towards the distant
hills of mainland Honduras, "It’s also
a great place to live”.
Keyhole Bay Roatan, HondurasYes.. we love what we
see at Keyhole Bay, is a universal response, but why
is this ROI happening at such an incredible rate and
what is sustaining it?
A simple way to illustrate a complicated answer is
by reviewing the Millennium Challenge Account.
The MCA – otherwise known as the “Gold
Standard” of foreign aid, was begun by the Bush
Administration and the U.S. Congress in 2002 to recognize
and promote the economic growth and political freedom
of qualified countries. It provides funding for those
countries that meet the sixteen stringent indicators
Honduras was one of the first two countries in the
entire world – and the very first in Latin America
-- to receive actual funding from the MCA. Selected
on a competitive basis, Honduras was chosen as a country
that “rules justly,” invests in its people,”
and “fosters enterprise and entrepreneurship.”
Those are pretty good plaudits for an emerging democracy,
And that’s just the beginning – of why
you may want to end up in this captivating country
and its paradise island. Studies by groups such as
the Heritage Foundation have shown that many Third
World countries receiving foreign aid have actually
seen their per capita income fall or stagnate. Not
so with Honduras.
THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION HAS CONSISTENTLY
RATED HONDURAS ABOVE THE MEDIAN IN VIRTUALLY EVERY
AREA OF ITS ESTEEMED INDEX OF ECONOMIC FREEDOM.
The Heritage Foundation has consistently rated Honduras
above the median in virtually every area of its esteemed
Index of Economic Freedom. In fact, in the area of
“Freedom from Government,” Honduras actually
rates 20 points higher than the United States, and
in the top tier worldwide. Also, Freedom House, an
organization that monitors the level of political
freedom in the world, found that Honduras not only
met, but often exceeded, its rigorous criteria, as
used in the MCA analyses.
For a country such as Honduras to be selected as
one of the first two in the world (the other was Madagascar)
to receive MCA assistance, it had to demonstrate a
commitment to policies that promote political and
economic freedom, investments in education and health,
control of corruption, respect for civil liberties,
and the rule of law.
AND THE BAY ISLANDS BOOM HAS JUST BEGUN
Keyhole Bay has engineered the widest streets on
the entire Island … a 30-foot waterfall cascading
down into a beachside pool … an Olympic-size
infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea …
a modern clubhouse with its own gourmet restaurant
… good healthcare a cutting-edge water system
providing cool, clear drinking water for the estate,
luxury condominiums, clubhouse, and shopping mall.
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