Information for Patients
The healthcare system in the Cayman Islands is divided into public and private sectors. The general standard of healthcare services is excellent. Public healthcare is responsible for crucial emergency medical services. However, most ex-pats usually use private healthcare because of short waiting time and a broad spectrum of emergency, specialist and diagnostic services. Health City Cayman Islands is a world-famous private hospital for cardiology surgeries.
The Cayman Islands is the first country in the world to mandate health insurance for every resident. Please ensure that you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of medical treatment.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Eligible health care professionals must be fully registered, or eligible for full registration in Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK or the US. If the health care professionals are not registered in any of the countries above, they must have obtained the qualifications which are recognized by any of the boards from the countries above. Non-Caymanian health practitioners are also required to obtain a license from the work permit board.
Heart and Oncology surgeries are specialities in high demand in the Cayman Islands to attract more medical tourism.
Information for Travelers
It is found that 40% of patients are medical tourists, mostly from the Caribbean and Latin America. The key strength of the Cayman Islands is a considerably cheaper cost for surgeries than the US and its proximity. The Cayman Islands aims to be the capital tourism for western hemisphere by 2026.
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid and Rabies vaccinations are recommended for most travellers. Dengue fever does occur in the Cayman Islands. Good quality insect repellents are recommended against mosquito bites.
The official language of hospitals in the Cayman Islands is British English.