Information for Patients
The entire population of French Polynesia has social health insurance. The Centre Hospitalier de la Polynésie Française is the national referral hospital. Public general hospitals are located in Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea and Nuku Hiva islands, and there are 115 public health facilities. By and large, medical care is very good in Papeete. Every island also has a government clinic, and some have doctors in private practice. Most healthcare professionals in French Polynesia are either from France or did their medical training in France, in the US or in other countries presenting equivalent levels of degrees.
Information for Health Care Professionals
It’s difficult for non-French citizens to gain permission to work in French Polynesia. Authorisation to take up paid employment is subject to granting of a temporary-residence permit, issued by the French state, and a work permit, issued by the territory. Applicants need to inquire at the French Embassy in the current place of residence.
Information for Travelers
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) does not provide any health cover in French Polynesia. All travelers need to make sure they have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment and repatriation. If necessary, the general hospital of French Polynesia in Tahiti will coordinate medical evacuation services with the local airlines or military planes or helicopters based in Papeete. The cost of healthcare is 40-100% more expensive than in France.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health: http://www.social-sante.gouv.fr/