Information for Patients
There are a handful of hospitals in Male, the capital of Maldives. Primary care facilities can be found on the inhabited atolls and secondary care ones with beds on the larger islands. The healthcare system in Maldives is based on a referral system, with lower-level health facilities referring patients to higher-level facilities. Healthcare services in Maldives are financed through the private sector and NGO participation, cost sharing with communities, and user fees at the main regional hospitals. Despite the increase in the national healthcare expenditure, the sector still relies heavily on external funding, especially for capital investment and human resource development.
Since Maldives is made up of multiple atolls, islands and isolated reefs, making it one of the most geographically dispersed sovereign state in the world, the delivery of medical services to the peripheral areas has been a challenge to the country.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Under the Healthcare Profession Act Law, it is an offence to practice medicine or dentistry in Maldives without registration and obtaining a practicing license from the Maldives Medical and Dental Council. Once you are registered under the Council, you will be given offer and approval subsequently by the Ministry of Health. All foreign applicants must complete and submit international English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Many doctors, including specialists, in Maldives are indeed recruited from nearby overseas countries, such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Egypt, Ukraine and Russia.
Information for Travellers
Maldives is planning to develop medical tourism in an effort to boost public confidence in the country’s health sector. Its potential market is the Middle East and other African countries. Maldivian, also known as the Dhivehi, is the local language but English is understood by many.
Travellers planning their way to Maldives are recommended to receive multiple vaccinations, including Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Rabies, Polio and Routine Vaccinations.
Link to Ministry of Health: http://www.health.gov.mv/