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15 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Bahamas

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 20, 2023

Summary: The quality of medical care in the Bahamas is generally considered to be good, though it may not be as advanced as in the United States. Emergency services are available and are generally reliable. To call for an ambulance, you can dial 919 or the local police station.

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How are healthcare services Bahamas?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Bahamas, they replied:

"Regardless of coverage, ensure you have the ability to travel to US for any major care needs. There are many private practitioners but only two hospitals. One is for people without insurance (Princess Margaret) and the other is for people with insurance (Doctors Hospital). Ask around in your community for reliable local providers, especially for kids. We found some incredible providers this way for our children," said one expat living in Paradise Island.

"As compared to Canada the availability and quality of some health care services is lacking but still adequate. The speed of which they will see you at the clinics and private hospitals is much faster then it is in Canada and for what is missing a quick trip to Florida will provide you with all you need that can not be found in New Providence," mentioned one expat in Nassau.

"The healthcare services in the Bahamas are provided by both public and private institutions. The public healthcare system is funded by the government and is available to all citizens and permanent residents. The quality of public healthcare is generally good, with a wide range of services available, including primary care, emergency care, and specialist care. Foreign residents are able to access the public healthcare system, although they may be required to pay a fee. Expats in the Bahamas can use the public healthcare system, but they may need to pay a fee for certain services. In addition, many expats opt to purchase private health insurance to cover any additional costs," commented one expat who moved to Bahamas.

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Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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