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Peachez1999
5/22/2018 00:04 EST

I'm moving to Jamaica in July and am interested in healthcare. Are there doctors that take payment for ad-hoc medical services or does medical in Jamaica require monthly premium payments, such as the states?

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Traveller2019
4/17/2019 16:16 EST

Please remember that getting Heath insurance after 65 is impossible in JA

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Iriestar68
4/17/2019 18:13 EST

It’s up to you.

You can pay for your medical care out of pocket ( it’s cheap) or you can purchase medical insurance ( also cheap) It all depends on what you want and what you can afford

Bay West medical center/hospital is where I suggest you go for medical care.

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Iriestar68
4/18/2019 13:52 EST

Guardian Health Elite is age 65.

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Iriestar68
4/18/2019 13:52 EST

Guardian Health Elite is age 65.

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Iriestar68
4/18/2019 13:54 EST

Edit: age 64, not 65.

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Cessj
4/19/2019 14:16 EST

Hi there, there are doctors that will see patients on an ad hoc basis without medical insurance.

I’ve been here for four months now - extended leisure visit - and I see a great doctor in Kingston.

Each visit is 4K JMD a pop. He will provide prescriptions, and if needed, make referrals to specialist services.

However I would say that you should seriously consider medical insurance as you would in the USA. Medication etc is not cheap and if you need specialist treatment costs can be high (though lower than in the States in most cases) but as an instance I’ve just had to pay 80k JMD for an MRI scan. I could have waited until I return to the UK and have it done for free there but the advantage of paying for it privately here meant that I could have it done and obtain results within days rather than the weeks or months I’d have to wait on the NHS. Medical insurance would definitely have been cheaper!

If you are relocating for work then your employer should provide medical insurance for yourself and any accompanying family members.

Definitely if you have young children or pre-existing illness then ensure you have insurance. I’m a diabetic and the cost of insulin is pretty eyewatering.

But as I said you can just find a physician and go see her/hum as you need to. They will keep a medical record with med history, meds, etc.

If you’re going to be in Kingston I’d be happy to recommend my GP

Best of luck with the move.

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