We have a positive list. This is the list of medicines that tells the care providers what medicines are covered for you by AZV. It is a very extensive list and for which you need to have the knowledge to understand is. The list of medicines mentions for example the names of the medicines, the active substance in it, the format (liquid, pills or cream), the quantity and much more.


In the first instance AZV sees whether the medicine is a good medicine (farma therapeutic) and secondly if the price of the medicine is checked (is it efficient? is it a good price?). Your family physician and specialist have all the information about our coverage. They know which medicines are covered by AZV and which not. In case your doctor doesn’t have the information, they can always call us to consult. When getting your medicines from your pharmacy, they should read the prescription carefully and in case of any questions, they can communicate directly with your family physician or specialist.

Main goal

The main goal is to always guarantee your health as a patient. This has to happen in a safe matter. Therefore, all care providers monitor the combination of medicines that you are taking.

Category of medicines

The Positive List includes a lot of medicines for all different types of diseases, among other things:

  • Medicines for the treatment of the stomach, the intestines and liver.
  • Medicines for the treatment of blood diseases.
  • Medicines for the treatment of heart and vascular diseases.
  • Medicines for the treatment of skin diseases.
  • Medicines for the treatment of the genitourinary and kidney diseases.
  • Medicines for the treatment of diseases caused by microorganisms (parasites, bacteria, viruses and fungi).
  • Medicines for the treatment of benign and malignant tumors.
  • Medicines for the treatment of diseases of the bones and muscles.
  • Medicines for the treatment of the nervous system and senses.
  • Medicines for the treatment of the respiratory system.
  • Medicines for the treatment of different types of diseases/organs.

Advisory Committee on Medicines List Aruba (AGA)

The Positive List of Medicines is a ‘dinamic’ list. That means that the committee constantly monitors the pharmaceutical developments. New medicines will come on the market, other medicines will no longer be produced. The list is continuously updated according to the developments. The Positive List is compiled by the AGA.

AGA is a committee of experts that give recomendations about medical treatments with a focus on the medicines. In principle, AGA follows the guidelines and criteria of the ‘College voor Zorgverzekeringen’ (CvZ, the College For Health Insurances) of the Netherlands, as long as this is applicable for the situation of Aruba. CvZ maintains the publication of the ‘Farmacotherapeutisch Kompas’ (the Pharmacotherapeutic Compass) which is stipulated under the responsability of the Pharmaceutical Care Committee (CFH) of the Netherlands.

To get medicines

When your family practitioner or specialist prescribes medicines, you go to your pharmacy for your medicines. In case the pharmacy doesn’t have the medicines, the pharmacy (or pharmacist) has to communicate with your doctor to evaluate which other medicine you can obtain.

What is not covered by AZV

Your insurance AZV doesn’t cover OTC, the medicines or products ‘Over The Counter’ that you can buy at the pharmacy (without necessarily having a prescription from your doctor). It is also important for you to know what other products or services are not covered by AZV. These are:

  • Food supplements or similar.
  • A preventive general checkup.
  • An exam related to the driving license.
  • An exam related to a job application.
  • An exam related to a permit petition at DIMAS.
  • Organ transplant (with the exception of cornea or bone marrow)
  • Treatments or operations in experimental phase.
  • DNA testing related to paternity.
  • Death certificate.
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