Several Caribbean countries including Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cuba and Puerto Rico have become attractive for medical tourism to visitors for its white sand beaches, gratifying generosity, world-class medical facilities and happy-go-lucky lifestyle. Here’s what you need to know about these 5 nations:
Health care services, in recent years, have ameliorated manifolds in Bahamas especially in Nassau and Grand Bahama. Doctors Hospital in Nassau, capital of Bahamas, happens to be among the best and one of the few JCI-certified hospitals in the Caribbean. Bahamas is also likely to launch its first national health insurance scheme in 2016.
The Bahamas has set up exceptionally high-quality services like highly skilled doctors and state-of-the-art equipment. Not only that, it has a number of aesthetic beaches with crystal-clear waters, soul-warming sun and also provides a wide range of hotels to choose from. What makes Bahamas one of the top destinations for patients looking for cost-effective medical care is the country's vicinity to the U.S.
Barbados is renowned for having advanced medical facilities in the Eastern Caribbean, which include facilities for open heart surgery, decompression chambers and dialysis centers. As a popular tourist destination, it has sandy beaches, exquisite gardens, attractive scenic views and English-speaking locals with their welcoming hospitality. Needless to say, it is rapidly becoming a popular medical tourism destination.
The Barbados Fertility Center, certified by Joint Commission International (JCI), has been alluring international fertility patients since 2002. Barbados’ medical tourism industry is anticipated to grow at a high pace because patients from the United States, Britain and Canada are getting themselves treated by Barbadian doctors.
Barbados' exquisite scenery, clear waters attracts patients from all over the world for dialysis procedures, open heart surgeries and geriatric care. Source: Regani via en.wikipedia.org
An open heart surgery in Cayman Islands will cost half the price of the USA hospitals with the same quality of treatment. In addition to the excellent health care, there are numerous services that Cayman Islands provides like lower insurance premiums, tax breaks by government in the hospitals, high quality of facilities, a patient-centered environment and highly trained doctors.
Health City Cayman Islands hospital is among the healthcare leaders in the Caribbean. The hospital is a tie-up between Dr. Shetty’s India-based Narayana Hrudalaya and Ascension Health Alliance, which is the largest private non-profit health network in the USA. Cayman Islands is a perfect combination of leisure and health care services. It offers superabundance of natural beauty, shopping, nightlife, scrumptious food and fine dining.
Maradona after being treated for drug addiction said, “Cuba has the best doctors in the world.” Why would he claim that? Well-trained doctors, deeply discounted medical care, hospitable staff are among some of the excellent healthcare services available in Cuba. As compared to North American countries, healthcare in Cuba is approximately 60 percent cheaper without negotiating on the quality and efficiency of the treatments involved.
According to the World Health Organization, Cuba has the highest number of doctors per residents in the world. Being in Cuba is like a tranquil escape from the bustle of the city with serene beaches and plentiful of sun and sand, antique forts and small towns. Also, the warm hospitality and mouth-watering food, what more could you ask for?
Patients visit Cuba to avail over 60% savings on eye surgery and neurological procedures and visit the small towns and antique forts. Source: Lukasz Katlewa via en.wikipedia.org
Medical tourism is still an emerging market for Puerto Rico but its competitive advantage cannot be undervalued. Puerto Rico has catapulted into the public imagination due to a lot of factors. The advanced methodical construct of healthcare integrated services in the Caribbean and Latin America, state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology, and an increasing number of medical professionals who have graduated from topmost medical universities in the world are some of the most significant contributing factors to the growth of medical tourism here.
The cost of health care services in Puerto Rico are 40% to 60% lower than in the mainland U.S. care. Around 15,000 medical tourists visit Puerto Rico every year, shelling out an average of $10,000.