Information for Patients
Botswana’s healthcare system is comprised of public, private for-profit, private non-profit and traditional medicine practice. Health outcomes in Botswana have improved over the last few years. At least 80% of the population and foreign nationals pay reasonable subsidized fees to have coverage of essential services. Public healthcare is provided for a minimal fee, starting from 5 pula ($0.42) for a general check-up. Now Botswana government is working to ensure that all people will be covered by the Universal Health Coverage scheme by 2030.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Eligible health care professionals must have obtained a standard of professional education qualification not lower than that required by the Botswana Health Profession Council (BHPC). The council may grant temporary registration, typically 24-36 months, as a visiting specialist, locum tenens or a fully registered practitioner. The eligible person needs to pay an annual fee at the prescribed rate to continue to practice their profession.
The language of medical instruction in Botswana is English. The medical professionals in disease prevention are in high demand as 25% of adults are infected with HIV.
Information for Travelers
Due to a rapid improvement in healthcare services. Medical tourism in Botswana is increasing at 20-30% annually and is an industry worth about $100 billion.
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid and Rabies vaccinations and Diarrhea protection kit are recommended. Also, Yellow Fever vaccination is required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
The most common language in hospitals is English as most doctors are foreigners.