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Health Care in Grand Bahama

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Health Care in Grand Bahama: Locate providers, hospitals, and medical centers to find the best health services available for expats and nomads.

The healthcare system in Grand Bahama consists of both public and private facilities. The public healthcare system is known as the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bahamas, while private hospitals and clinics cater to those who prefer or can afford additional services.

Bahamas's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in the Bahamas, known as the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bahamas, is available to all residents, including foreigners. However, many people recommend using private hospitals for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries due to the limited resources and long waiting times at public hospitals. Public hospitals in Grand Bahama may not have the same level of equipment and expertise as private facilities. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system, but many expats prefer to use private hospitals for better quality care and shorter waiting times. Private hospitals in Grand Bahama are generally well-equipped and staffed with experienced medical professionals.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Grand Bahama

Some recommended hospitals and clinics in Grand Bahama include:

  • Rand Memorial Hospital (public) - located in Freeport
  • Lucayan Medical Centre (private) - located in Freeport
  • Doctors Hospital (private) - located in Nassau, New Providence (approximately 130 miles from Grand Bahama)

In case of emergencies or specialized medical care, expats in Grand Bahama may need to travel to Nassau, New Providence, which is approximately 130 miles away by car.

Emergency Services in Grand Bahama

Ambulance services are available in Grand Bahama. To call for an ambulance, dial 911 or 919. However, there may be delays in response times due to limited resources and the island's geography.

Health Insurance Companies in Grand Bahama

Some popular private health insurers in Grand Bahama include Atlantic Medical Insurance, Bahamas First General Insurance Company, and Colonial Medical Insurance. Expats and digital nomads may choose to use these local companies or opt for specialized expat health insurance providers, depending on their needs and preferences.

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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