Information for Patients
Healthcare in Bahrain is free to all Bahraini citizens, with certain procedures requiring nominal fees. Foreign residents working in Bahrain have access to a national health insurance scheme that is paid into via their employer, allowing them to have full access to medical care procedures in the country. While the public service is administered by the Bahraini government, private healthcare facilities are numerous in the country, providing a slew of services and specialties that may not be available in the public health system. Health service in Bahrain – in both public and private sector – are of high quality and equal to those in the United States and Europe, with many of the doctors being from both Western and Non-Western countries. The health system is divided into three tiers – primary, secondary and tertiary. Patients frequent a tier pending the case as it is received and referred.
Information for Health Care Professionals
While Bahrain welcomes foreign doctors, there is a preference to allocate jobs within the medical field to Bahraini citizens. In fact, Bahrain has the most local citizens working in its medical force in comparison to other GCC states. The language of medical instruction in Bahrain is English while the official language is Arabic. Please check with the local Bharani embassy for procedures and recommendations, as requirements change frequently as well as availability of jobs/requests for specialties in the country.
Information for Travelers
All medical professionals in Bahrain speak English and there will be little issues for expats if they have a good command of English. No vaccines are required prior to entering Bahrain and healthcare quality and access to medicine is both high and of good quality.
As with other countries in the Gulf, many from surrounding Middle Eastern countries will come to Bahrain for medical treatments, especially where service is lacking (i.e.: Iraq). That being said, many Kuwaitis actually prefer getting treatment abroad – notoriously in London or the United States – due to the perception that treatment abroad is superior.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://www.bahrain.bh/wps/portal/Individuals_en?page=pp.individuals.usefulInformation&urile=wcm:path:egovportal_en/home/useful+information/health