Information for Patients
Healthcare in Kazakhstan is divided between the public and private sector. Within the public sector are a plethora of various networks which manage the primary, secondary and tertiary care within various regions throughout the country. Despite the variance, these are all owned and managed by the Kazakh Ministry of Health. Kazakhstan’s Healthcare system is still a replica of the service care that was conducted during the soviet era, albeit with certain reforms. Healthcare insurance is predominately provided by the Ministry of Health and is available to all Kazakh citizens and legal residents. The Private sector tends to be of higher quality and provides better service than the overcrowded and porous public sector system, albeit it is of higher cost.
Information for Health Care Professionals
All medical professionals must have all legal documents both notarized and legalized by the local Kazakh Embassy or Consulate and submit to relevant medical associations. Upon submission to the local embassy, exams for specific specialties must be submitted. Please check with relevant Kazakh medical societies per specialty prior to submission to clarify key requirements.
The language of medical instruction in Kazakhstan is Russian.
Information for Travelers
Healthcare in Kazakhstan is hit or miss with larger cities having higher quality healthcare that is comparable in major Russian cities in comparison to the rural area which is lacking key specialties, services and even infrastructure. Many NGOS operate in the country in order to fill in the service gap but this is only available to Kazakh citizens/residents. It is recommendable to acquire medical insurance provider to arriving in Kazakhstan. Despite this, medical tourism is frequent particularly from rich visitors from Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
The common language of hospitals in Kazakhstan is Russian with very few doctors speaking English and if so, would only be in the capital, Almaty.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://www.gov.kz/memleket/entities/dsm?lang=kk