Information for Patients
Healthcare in Kiribati suffers from poor infrastructure, investment and sufficient medical professionals to provide the key services required within this island nation in Oceania. The health system is divided between both public and private sector, with NGOs and aid organizations filling in the gap where the public sector lacks, and the private sector is unable to provide due to the high cost of its services to the general public. The majority of health services tend to be concentrated in the principle island and capital of Tarawa. Nevertheless, healthcare in Kiribati is free of charge and universal to all citizens.
Information for Health Care Professionals
All medical professionals must have all legal documents both notarized and legalized by the local Kiribati Embassy, Consulate or representation and submit to relevant medical associations. Upon submission to the local embassy, exams for specific specialties must be submitted. It is also vital to double check with key medical societies within Kiribati to understand key requirements for practice.
The language of medical instruction in Kiribati is English.
Information for Travelers
Medical tourism does not occur in Kiribati due to the limited amount of health practitioners and poor hospital infrastructure in the country. Travelers and expats are advised to have health insurance prior to arrival that can cover private care access for care beyond the public primary healthcare services (which is adequate for routine checkups). NGOs and Aid organizations operate heavily within the country in order to assist in developing its health system.
The common language of hospitals in Kiribati is both English and Kiribatian but all doctors are fluent in English.
The local Ministry of Health website: https://mhms.gov.ki