|Healthcare in the Bahamas
Today, consumers are more aware than ever before of the quality of healthcare they receive. Many are in a better position to pick and choose the best healthcare in the most attractive locations around the world.
The strength of healthcare in The Bahamas is its broad range of tertiary services and clinical programs designed to serve the entire Bahamas and are recognized for the quality of patient care.
The Bahamas enjoys a high standard of living and universal access to all essential social services including health, education and housing.
For the most part, no special health precautions are required to visit the Bahamas. There are no endemic tropical diseases. The Government has taken positive steps to control and reduce the incidence of mosquitoes.
Local medical care is excellent, but insurance is a good idea.
Travelers from some countries may be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination; check with your travel agent or the Bahamas Tourist Office.
The Bahamas has a well established healthcare sector boasting a high standard of general and specialist medical care both through the government and by private practitioners and facilities.
With the latest in medical technology, education, research, training and service, the Bahamas is a premier healthcare center of The Caribbean.
From routine health assessments to the most sophisticated treatments for major health problems, our healthcare facilities are prepared to meet any need with the finest in physicians, nurses, technicians and technology.
There are five public and private hospitals in The Bahamas with a total of 1,068 beds including Joint Commission International accredited Doctors Hospital. There were 55 health centers or primary care clinics, nine in New Providence, five in Grand Bahama and 41 in the Family Islands. There were 59 satellite clinics throughout the country and 288 privately owned healthcare facilities that offered primary care and diagnostic services.
New Providence Island has both a government operated and a private hospital. Grand Bahama Island has a government-operated hospital. Patients from all over the world have received healthcare services in The Bahamas.
The Bahamas’ medical personnel are some of the best-trained in the world, with unsurpassed technical expertise and multilingual capabilities. Medical practitioners are able to interface with many cultures.
Many local physicians receive their training in the United States, Europe, Canada as well as the University of the West Indies. A wide range of specialists, including visiting doctors from the US and elsewhere, operates from private clinics.
The Bahamas is also well served by private dentists and ophthalmologists.
Travelers taking prescription medications should make sure they have enough to last during the trip, and bring a copy of the prescription(s) with you. Always carry medications in their original containers. You can fill prescriptions at local pharmacies, as long as you have a doctor’s signature. Full-service pharmacies are available throughout New Providence and Grand Bahamas. All major hotels have a local physician and area pharmacies available to their guests.
Road traffic accidents and falls are among the leading causes of injury
among travelers. Traffic in the Bahamas moves on the left side of the roadway, so pedestrians should remember to look right before crossing streets. Protect yourself from motor vehicle injuries: avoid drinking and driving; wear your seat belt and place children in age-appropriate restraints in the back seat; follow Bahamian customs and laws regarding pedestrian safety and vehicle speed; obey the rules of the road; operate jet-skis responsibly, and use helmets on bikes, motorcycles, and scooters.
Persons who enjoy scuba diving can be assured there is a hyperbaric chamber located in the Western end of New Providence.
Medical facilities and the availability of physicians vary widely throughout the islands of the Bahamas. The Family Islands have much more limited medical services. Some may not have a resident physician. If you have a serious or chronic medical condition that could require immediate attention while traveling, you should check with your Family Island hotel, the Island Tourism Office, or the Bahamas Family Island Promotion Board before your arrival.
Air Ambulance Medical Services operated by trained medical personnel, is available to provide emergency transportation to the capital, Nassau, or the United States in case of medical emergencies.
It is strongly urged to visitors traveling to The Bahamas to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and whether it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. When consulting with your insurer prior to your trip, ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas healthcare provider or whether you will be reimbursed later for expenses you incur.
Many travel agents and private companies offer insurance plans that will cover health care expenses incurred overseas including emergency services such as medical evacuations. When making a decision regarding health insurance, persons should consider that many foreign doctors and hospitals require payment in cash prior to providing service.
Uninsured travelers who require medical care overseas often face extreme difficulties, whereas travelers who have purchased overseas medical insurance have, when a medical emergency occurs, found it life-saving.
If you are traveling to the Bahamas and need Dialysis, there are several Dialysis facilities available both in Nassau and Freeport.
Travelers with rare blood types should know the names and location of possible blood donors should the need arise as local supplies in Nassau are constantly in need of replenishment.
The health of the people of The Bahamas is not only a function of the provision of affordable and good quality healthcare, but is also a function of education, the physical environment (good quality air, safe water), income, nutritious diet, social cohesion and healthy behavior. In combination, these provide the people of the Bahamas and visitors to our shores with a unique resource.
We encourage you to join others in receiving world class healthcare in The Bahamas.