The Cayman Islands is home to a broad range of medical services, including hospitals, clinics, specialist doctors and general practitioners. The standard of healthcare on the islands is excellent. Most of the facilities are located on Grand Cayman, but there are health centres on all three islands. The hospitals have received recognition for their technologically-advanced excellence in a number of specialities.
Healthcare and medications can be costly, so health insurance is needed. Health insurance coverage is mandatory for every resident. In fact, the Cayman Islands was one of the first countries to implement this policy.
Public healthcare on Cayman Islands
Public healthcare is available in the Cayman Islands, but expats planning to use these services will still need to take out compulsory health insurance to cover them while they are on the island.
Public healthcare services are generally cheaper than private healthcare services, but expats can expect longer queues, lower quality facilities and fewer amenities.
Private healthcare on Cayman Islands
Most expats in the Cayman Islands will opt to use private healthcare. Due to the high costs associated with this, expats will generally take out a comprehensive health insurance plan which will cover any specialists and emergencies during their time on the islands.
Private healthcare on the Cayman Islands is generally of a high standard and expats can expect to find well-trained medical professionals and short waiting lists.
Emergency services on Cayman Islands
There are ambulances across Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac and these can be called using 911.
While the islands are generally well equipped to handle most medical issues, some complicated surgeries or severe emergencies may require medical evacuation to overseas hospitals. Expats should be sure to take out a medical insurance plan which will cover them for cases such as these.
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