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Top Hospitals in Sri Lanka by Specialty

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: If you're moving to Sri Lanka or recently arrived, it's important to know about the country's top hospitals for specific medical conditions. Here's a primer.

Sri Lanka's healthcare system comprises a mix of public and private hospitals. The public healthcare system is widespread and offers services at minimal or no cost, but it may sometimes lack the advanced technology and specialized care available in private hospitals. Private hospitals in Sri Lanka are generally well-equipped and offer a higher standard of care with more specialized services, often catering to expats, international retirees, and digital nomads. However, for certain complex medical conditions or highly specialized surgeries, some expats may choose to travel back to their home countries or to other medical tourism destinations for treatment due to limited facilities or expertise available locally.

Top Hospitals in Sri Lanka for Heart Surgery and Chronic Heart Conditions

The National Hospital of Sri Lanka, located in Colombo, is one of the leading public hospitals for cardiac care. For private care, the Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC in Colombo has a dedicated Heart Centre known for its comprehensive cardiac services. Another notable institution is the Asiri Surgical Hospital, also in Colombo, which offers advanced cardiac surgeries and treatments.

Best Hospitals for Cancer Care in Sri Lanka

The Apeksha Hospital in Maharagama is the premier national cancer institute providing specialized cancer treatment in Sri Lanka. For private care, the Lanka Hospitals and Asiri Hospital Group offer oncology departments with modern facilities and treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Leading Hospitals with Neonatal Intensive Care Units

For neonatal care, the De Soysa Hospital for Women (also known as Teaching Hospital Mahamodara) in Colombo is well-regarded. In the private sector, Durdans Hospital in Colombo provides excellent neonatal intensive care services with state-of-the-art facilities.

Top Hospitals in Sri Lanka for Diabetes Management

The National Diabetes Centre at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka in Colombo is a key public institution for diabetes care. Private hospitals like Lanka Hospitals and the Nawaloka Hospital in Colombo also have specialized units for diabetes management and treatment.

Best Hospitals for Kidney Treatment and Care

The National Hospital of Sri Lanka has a reputed nephrology and transplant service. Private hospitals such as Asiri Hospital and Nawaloka Hospital are also known for their kidney care, offering dialysis and kidney transplant services.

Top Hospitals in Sri Lanka for Neurology

The National Hospital of Sri Lanka has a comprehensive neurology department. For private care, Lanka Hospitals and the Durdans Hospital are equipped with advanced neurology units, providing treatments for a range of neurological conditions.

Best Hospitals for Stroke Treatment

Stroke patients can receive acute care at the National Stroke Center located at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka. Private hospitals like Lanka Hospitals and Asiri Hospital have specialized stroke units offering emergency care and rehabilitation services.

Leading Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery

For orthopedic surgeries, the National Hospital of Sri Lanka and the Colombo South Teaching Hospital are well-known public institutions. The Nawaloka Hospital and Lanka Hospitals in Colombo have specialized orthopedic departments offering various surgical treatments, including joint replacements.

Top Hospitals in Sri Lanka for Pediatric Care

Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children in Colombo is the largest free-of-charge pediatric hospital in the world and is highly regarded for its comprehensive child healthcare services. Private hospitals like Hemas Hospital and Asiri Hospital also offer dedicated pediatric care with specialized departments.

It's important for expats and international residents to have health insurance that covers private healthcare, as this can provide access to a wider range of services and shorter waiting times. Additionally, it's advisable to check the availability of specific treatments and to consider language barriers when selecting a hospital. For highly specialized treatments not available in Sri Lanka, expats may need to consider seeking medical care abroad.

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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