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Essential Guide to the Health System in Long Island

Learn about the health system in Long Island: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Long Island.

The healthcare system in Long Island is a mix of public and private facilities. The public healthcare system is managed by the government while the private healthcare system is managed by private entities.

Bahamas’s Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in the Bahamas is managed by the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA). The PHA operates all public hospitals and clinics throughout the Bahamas, including those in Long Island. The public healthcare system is used by both locals and foreigners, including expats and digital nomads. However, for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries, it is often recommended to use private hospitals due to their better facilities and shorter waiting times. Public hospitals in Long Island are generally well-equipped but may lack some of the advanced medical technologies found in private hospitals. Private hospitals in Long Island are known for their high-quality care and modern facilities. Expats and digital nomads primarily use private hospitals for their healthcare needs.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Long Island

Long Island does not have a large number of hospitals or clinics. However, there are a few notable ones:

  • Deadman’s Cay Clinic (Public) – Located in Deadman’s Cay, this clinic provides basic healthcare services.
  • Clarence Town Clinic (Public) – Located in Clarence Town, this clinic also provides basic healthcare services.
For more specialized medical care and surgeries, expats often travel to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. Princess Margaret Hospital and Doctors Hospital, both located in Nassau, are approximately a 40-minute flight from Long Island.

Emergency Services in Long Island

Emergency services in Long Island are limited. There is no dedicated ambulance service on the island. In case of an emergency, residents and visitors are advised to call the local police who can assist in arranging transportation to the nearest healthcare facility. There can be delays in response times due to the island’s remote location.

Health Insurance Companies in Long Island

There are several popular private health insurance companies in Long Island, including Atlantic Medical Insurance and Bahamas Health Insurance. These companies offer a range of health insurance plans to suit different needs and budgets. Expats and digital nomads typically use these local companies for their health insurance needs. However, some may also choose to use specialized expat health insurance providers for more comprehensive coverage.

Insider Tips from Expats in Long Island: Health Care

“I’ve been living in Long Island for a few years now and I can tell you that living on $5,000 a month is definitely possible, but it does require some careful budgeting and lifestyle adjustments. The cost of living here is higher than in many places due to the fact that most goods are imported. For instance, groceries can be quite expensive, so I’ve learned to eat more local produce and seafood, which are both plentiful and relatively cheap. I’ve also cut back on eating out, as restaurant prices can be steep. As for housing, there are affordable options available, especially if you’re willing to live a bit further from the more popular tourist areas. I live in a modest house in the settlement of Deadman’s Cay, which is more affordable than places like Stella Maris or Clarence Town. These are the more upscale areas with larger homes, and they tend to be pricier. Utilities can also be a significant expense, especially electricity, as it’s primarily powered by imported diesel. I’ve found it helpful to be mindful of my energy usage, turning off lights and appliances when not in use. Transportation is another area where you can save. Owning a car can be expensive due to import duties, so I’ve opted to use local transportation as much as possible. It’s reliable and much cheaper than maintaining a vehicle. Healthcare is another factor to consider. While there is a local clinic, more serious medical issues may require travel to Nassau or even to the U.S., which can be costly. I’ve made sure to have a good health insurance plan that covers these potential expenses. In terms of entertainment, there’s plenty to do that doesn’t require a lot of money. The beaches are free and absolutely beautiful, and there are plenty of outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, and snorkeling. Overall, living in Long Island, Bahamas on $5,000 a month is doable, but it does require some sacrifices and careful budgeting. It’s a different lifestyle for sure, but the beauty and tranquility of the island make it worth it for me,” commented an expat living in Long Island.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

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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