Guadeloupe

Information for Patients

Healthcare in Guadalupe is the equivalent to healthcare in France as part of the French Overseas Territory. Healthcare is universal and free to all French and EU citizens living in the island (NB: all citizens of Guadalupe are citizens or France and the European Union). Foreigners legally residing in Guadalupe via a valid Carte de Sejour which entitles them to a Carte Vitale (French Health Insurance Card) have equal access to healthcare systems. Private health is equally available and the only difference is waiting times which are greatly reduced under private care.


Information for Health Care Professionals

All medical professionals must have all legal documents both notarized and legalized local French Embassy and submit to relevant medical associations and professional bodies in France in order to go through relevant procedures prior to practicing in Guadalupe. Upon submission to the local French embassy, exams for specific specialty must be submitted.

The language of medical instruction in Guadalupe is French.


Information for Travelers 

Like France, Guadalupe has an excellent healthcare system of high quality. Patient care is heavily regulated and assured under centralized French system in Paris. Medical tourism does occur for those with EU citizen privileges to take advantage of French healthcare system albeit does not occur frequently among foreigners. Many do frequent Guadalupe from neighboring countries for private care at a high European standard. 

Infection from Zika virus has been an issue in Guadalupe as well as Dengue fever. Couples looking to become pregnant should double check all risks and current status of Zika in Guadalupe before travelling.

The common language of hospitals in Guadalupe is French with very few speaking English. 

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://solidarites-sante.gouv.fr 


References:
 
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/guadeloupe/health 
http://caribya.com/guadeloupe/health.and.medical/ 

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/guadeloupe/health 

http://www.frenchcaribbean.com/Guadeloupe/Helpful-Info/Health-Safety/