Information for Patients
Healthcare in Algeria is accessible and free to all Algerian citizens. The health service is robust and due to ties to France, tends to be en par with what is also offered in Continental France. Contrary to other countries in the region, the public health service is robust and of good quality whereas the private care service tends to fill in the gaps missing from the public care service. Private care tends to be concentrated in larger cities such as Oran, Constantine and Algiers. Service in Southern Algeria can be rudimentary and lack key services, and in such occasions, patients are referred to the greater cities in the North.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Practicing in Algeria requires translation and notarization of key medical documents prior to undertaking the key medical exams required by relevant medical boards in the county. Please consult both the local Algerian embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Algerian medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Algeria.
French is the language of instruction for medical education in Algeria.
Information for Travelers
Algeria has an average quality of health service in comparison to the rest of the Maghreb (North African) region and can be on par with a middle-income country in Europe in its service. The only exception is in the southern portion of the country where quality of care is suboptimal and certain services unavailable. While public health care service is free and universal to Algerian citizens, foreigners are required to take out private health insurance schemes and tend to pay hefty fees in order to access this service. Arabic and French are the official languages of Algeria, but it is important to note that Algerian Arabic (similar to Moroccan Arabic) is grossly different from the Arabic spoken throughout the Middle East. Therefore, unless one is already familiar with Algerian Arabic, French is the recommended language to employ within the Algerian healthcare system as all medical professionals are fluent in French, to the point of having no accent different from French citizens.
Hepatitis A and B as well as Rubella vaccinations are recommended prior to arrival in Algeria.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: http://www.sante.gov.dz