Living in the Bahamas?
Healthcare in the Bahamas
Greatly Improved Health Standards
In recent years, health standards have greatly improved throughout the Bahamas. Particularly in Nassau and Grand Bahama, new hospitals and healthcare facilities have opened and are providing high quality care. Increased investments in the local health sector as well as the employment of qualified physicians, nurses, and dentists have improved the overall health of people living in the Bahamas.
The vaccination and immunization against diseases such as measles and diphtheria has lowered the infection and death rate among children. Unfortunately, the infection rate of HIV/AIDS is still rather high — in 2013, an estimated 500 people died from AIDS in the Bahamas.
Important Initiatives to Improve the Quality of Life
In order to increase the health standards and life expectancy of the Bahamian population, the government has implemented different measures and initiatives. Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives, for instance, are meant to reduce illness, disability, and death which are caused by unhealthy lifestyles. This initiative mostly targets chronic non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart diseases, and cancer.
Another initiative is the promotion of the immunization of adults living in the Bahamas. The goal is to reduce vaccine-preventable diseases throughout the country. You can turn to the Ministry of Health to receive vaccinations against hepatitis B, yellow fever, diphtheria/ tetanus (DT), and influenza, as well measles, mumps, and rubella.
Healthcare Facilities and Medical Care
Anybody visiting or living in the Bahamas enjoys equal access to medical care. Both the public and the private medical sector offer a large variety of facilities and services. There are two public hospitals in the Bahamas — the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, and the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Community clinics and satellite clinics provide medical care to people living on the Out Islands.
Of course, you may also turn to private hospitals and healthcare centers for treatment. There are two smaller private hospitals in the Bahamas: the Doctor’s Hospital with its Medical Center division and Lyford Cay. Aside from emergency care and general services, both hospitals also provide specialized care to patients, for instance with heart diseases.
The Bahamas do not have a national health insurance scheme expats can contribute to. Although the National Insurance Board offers some medical benefits for job-related illnesses and injuries, you should make sure to get a private health insurance which covers all your basic needs throughout your stay.
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