Information for Patients
Healthcare in Jamaica is divided between public and private sector. Public healthcare is universal, and coverage is provided to all Jamaican citizens and residents. This included access to medical prescriptions. However, quality care is sporadic around the country with variations from the rural to the urban areas. Long queues for appointments mean also delayed services, which have led many to resort to private care for faster services. Private care is known to be at US/European standards.
Those relocating to Jamaica should consider negotiations with employers on health insurance that provides coverage for private care as a backup.
Information for Health Care Professionals
All medical professionals must have all legal documents both notarized and legalized by the local Jamaican Embassy and submit to relevant medical associations. Upon submission to the local embassy, exams for specific specialty must be submitted.
The language of medical instruction in Jamaica is English
Information for Travelers
Despite the mixed quality in health infrastructure, many do flock to Jamaica for the free access to healthcare for basic general checkups, particularly those with Jamaican residency, in comparison to the prices of healthcare in the USA. There is a push from the government angle to push for more medical tourisim to the country in the future.
Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are recommended prior to coming to Jamaica, albeit not required. The Zika virus remains prevalent in Jamaica as much of Latin America and the Caribbean. Individuals looking to get pregnant are advised to check local updates prior to going given Zika virus leads to microcephaly in the newborn. Check local advisories.
The common language of hospitals in Jamaica is English.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://www.moh.gov.jm