Information for Patients
Libya has been in a state of conflict since 2011 following the fall of 40-year reigning dictator General Ghaddafi. As such, the healthcare system is on the verge of collapse due to overwhelming numbers of casualties facing the public health service as well as the lack of availability of key medical equipment. There is a small private health service that is concentrated in cities such as Misurata and Tripoli, but they are equally overwhelmed and may lack key equipment due to ongoing conflict. Healthcare in Libya is not universal but certain services are offered to the most needy and elderly free of charge.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Given the current humanitarian crises, it is not easy for many expats to work within the Libyan health system. Please check with the local Libyan embassy for changes or further details.
The language of medical instruction in Libya is English.
Information for Travelers
Medical tourism in Libya does not occur due to the ongoing conflict and minimal health service that can be provided in the country. It is advised to get a travel insurance which covers not only conflict zones for health but also kidnapping and ransom, should you decide to go to Libya. Arabic is the main language in Libya, but many doctors are also fluent in English as well as Italian (due to former colonial ties).
Hepatitis A and B, tetanus, typhoid as well as rubella vaccinations are recommended prior to arrival in Libya.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: http://seha.ly/en/