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Do I need Health Insurance When Moving to Bahamas?

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Is health insurance a requirement when you are moving to Bahamas? This article explores health insurance requirements for newcomers to Bahamas.

When considering a move to the Bahamas as an expat or digital nomad, one of the critical aspects to address is healthcare. The Bahamas does not have a universal healthcare system that automatically covers non-residents or those without legal residency status. Therefore, it is essential for newcomers to have private health insurance to cover any medical expenses that may arise during their stay. The Bahamian government does not specify minimum coverage amounts or length of coverage required for entry into the country. However, having comprehensive health insurance is advisable to avoid the high costs of private medical care in the Bahamas. It is also important to note that while you are on your path to residency, your health insurance serves as a safety net, ensuring that you have access to necessary healthcare services without facing financial hardship.

Does Expat Health Insurance Meet the Requirements?

Most expat health insurance plans are designed to meet the needs of individuals living abroad for extended periods. These plans typically offer comprehensive coverage that includes hospital stays, emergency services, and sometimes even medical evacuation. While the Bahamas does not enforce specific health insurance requirements for residency, expat health insurance plans are generally acceptable as they provide extensive coverage that can protect you in the event of illness or injury. It is crucial to ensure that your chosen plan is valid in the Bahamas and that it covers the types of healthcare services you might need. Additionally, it's wise to check if your insurance provider has a direct billing arrangement with local healthcare facilities to streamline the payment process.

Which local health insurers offer this type of insurance?

In the Bahamas, there are several local health insurance providers that offer plans suitable for expats and digital nomads. Companies such as Bahamas First General Insurance Company, Colina Insurance Limited, and Atlantic Medical Insurance are well-established insurers that provide a range of health insurance products. These local insurers offer plans that can be tailored to individual needs, including options for inpatient and outpatient care, prescription medication, and emergency medical evacuation. When selecting a local insurer, it is important to compare the coverage options, premiums, deductibles, and the network of healthcare providers with whom they have partnerships.

Advice from Expats in Bahamas about Health Insurance

Expats living in the Bahamas often emphasize the importance of securing a robust health insurance plan before arriving in the country. They advise newcomers to look for plans that offer comprehensive coverage, including emergency services, hospitalization, and prescription drugs. It's also recommended to consider the reputation and financial stability of the insurance company, as well as the ease of processing claims. Expats suggest reviewing the terms and conditions carefully to understand what is and isn't covered, especially regarding pre-existing conditions. Another tip is to consider the geographical coverage of the plan, ensuring it includes medical evacuation to the United States or Canada, where the standard of care may be higher for certain medical conditions. Ultimately, the goal is to have peace of mind knowing that you and your family are protected in case of any health-related issues during your stay in the Bahamas.

Expats Talk about Health Insurance in Bahamas

"I have found that the health insurance costs is more related to your health history then where you choose to live. Exclusions in new policies are common if you have a history of certain health problems. I have expat insurance as well as international health care insurance and have found them to be adequate in paying for both emergency situations as well as routine costs. The one problem has always been that I must pay for many services on my own first and then have it reimbursed by the health care provider, this can be hard on the cash flow if you don't have the money put aside for an emergency situation," said one expat who moved to Nassau, Bahamas.

"Before our health insurance kicked in at work our daughter needed stitches. We initially went to PM for treatment but after several hours wait a coworker assisted us to a private provider down the street. The cost at PM to be registered was $150. We lost that. The total cost at the private provider was approx $800 not including meds which were about $150. Work health insurance appears pretty good. We have a moderate copay and are accepted most places...even in united states," mentioned one expat when asked about moving to Bahamas.

About the Author

Joshua Wood 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.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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