Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Hamilton, Bermuda
Last updated on Sep 17, 2022
Summary: Expats and global nomads in Hamilton, Bermuda share their experiences with health insurance, healthcare in Bermuda, local hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care and more.
What are medical services in Hamilton like?
When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Hamilton, they replied:
"Healthcare is expensive. Some companies bear the insurance cost, but majority you have to pay your portion of insurance. There is co-pay in almost all private doctor visits and services are expensive," said an expat in Hamilton.
What are emergency services like in Hamilton?
When we asked about emergency services, members in Hamilton wrote:
"King Edward Memorial Hospital is the only general hospital on the island. It has the usual departments one would expect and most basic problems can be managed on island. Many people however choose or are advised to go overseas for surgery or complex problems. All medical care on island is private, bar a minority of local people with just the basic government health cover. The hospital is on the outskirts of Hamilton city and within 12 miles of any part on the island. A second hospital, Mid Atlantic Wellness Institute looks after mental health problems and learning disabilities. This is in one of the central parishes. Psychiatric care is covered by insurance. Locally problems such as cardiovascular disease, asthma, renal dialysis, orthopaedic surgery, childbirth, paediatrics are all covered in the same fashion as a district general hospital would cover back in UK. You do have an element of choice afforded through your insurance - for example I have one friend who had knee replacement on island and another who went to Boston," mentioned another expat in Hamilton.
Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
"Boston, New York and UK are the common places to go for off island medical care. Quality there is of course excellent," commented one expat who moved to Hamilton.
Are common prescription medications available in Hamilton?If you live in Hamilton, newcomers to Hamilton would love to hear your answer to this question:
"Prescription medicines are covered through your insurance. This is one area which is better than UK as there is no co-pay for common prescription items, compared with the standard prescription charge in UK. Some that are OTC in UK are not available without prescription here - for example oral antifungals. Others surprisingly are available OTC such as some sleeping tablets and strong laxatives. Many vitamins are available in pharmacies," said another expat.
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.