Honduras Medical Travel Information

Medical Facilities and Health Information Medical care in Honduras varies greatly in quality and availability. Outside of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, medical care is inadequate to address complex situations. Support staff facilities and necessary equipment and supplies are not up to U.S. standards anywhere in Honduras. Facilities for advanced surgical procedures are not available. Wide areas of the country, including the popular tourist areas of the Bay Islands, do not have a general surgery hospital. Ambulance services are limited in major cities and almost non-existent elsewhere. Emergency services may be contacted directly through their local numbers, including 199 for the national emergency line and 195 for the local Red Cross.

The U.S. Embassy encourages visitors who are considering medical care in Honduras to obtain as much information about the facility and the medical personnel as possible. Medical tourists should confirm that the facilities they are considering are accredited, purchase medical evacuation insurance before traveling, and confirm that the cost and payment for their treatment is clearly understood by both parties. In addition to other publicly available information, U.S. citizens may consult the U.S. Embassy’s website for a list of hospitals and air ambulance services..

Scuba diving is popular in the Bay Islands, but limited medical facilities there pose a special risk in the event of an emergency. There is a decompression chamber on Roatan and Utila for divers, but no advanced medical care on either island for diving related accidents.

Mosquito-borne illnesses are a problem in Honduras. Malaria is present throughout the country at altitudes
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 81.5%
Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved 10.4%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 96.8%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 0.8%
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population .7
People Living with HIV/AIDS 39,000
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population .37
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved 20%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 85.3%
Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved 74%
Major Infectious Diseases - degree of risk high
Food or Waterborne Disease (s) bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
Vectorborne Disease (s) dengue fever and malaria

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