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Health Care in Harbour Island

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Dive into healthcare resources for expats and digital nomads in Harbour Island: identify leading healthcare providers, hospitals, and medical centers for optimal care.

The healthcare system in Harbour Island, consists of both public and private facilities. While the public healthcare system is accessible to foreigners, many expats and digital nomads prefer to use private hospitals for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries.

Bahamas's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in the Bahamas is called the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bahamas. It is available to both locals and foreigners, including expats and digital nomads. However, many people do not recommend using public hospitals in Harbour Island for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries due to limited resources and long waiting times. Public hospitals in Harbour Island are often crowded, and the quality of care may not be up to the standards expected by foreigners. As a result, expats primarily use private hospitals, which are known for their better facilities, shorter waiting times, and higher quality of care. Private hospitals are generally recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Harbour Island

There are limited healthcare facilities on Harbour Island itself. Expats and digital nomads in need of medical care typically travel to nearby islands for treatment. Some recommended hospitals and clinics in the area include:

  • Doctors Hospital (private) - located in Nassau, New Providence Island
  • Princess Margaret Hospital (public) - located in Nassau, New Providence Island
  • Lyford Cay Hospital (private) - located in Nassau, New Providence Island, specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine

These facilities are approximately 60 miles away from Harbour Island and can be reached by a short flight or ferry ride.

Emergency Services in Harbour Island

Ambulance services are available in Harbour Island, but response times may vary depending on the location and availability of resources. To call for an ambulance, dial 911 or 919. It is important to note that there may be delays in response times, especially during peak tourist seasons or in remote areas of the island.

Health Insurance Companies in Harbour Island

Some popular private health insurance companies in Harbour Island include Bahamas First, Atlantic Medical Insurance, and Colonial Group International. Expats and digital nomads typically use these companies for their health insurance needs. However, many expats and digital nomads also opt for specialized expat health insurance providers that cater specifically to their unique needs while living and working 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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