Martinique

Information for Patients

Healthcare in Martinique is the equivalent to healthcare in France as part of the French Overseas Territory. Healthcare is universal and free to all French and EU citizens living in the island (NB: all citizens of Martinique are citizens or France and the European Union). Foreigners legally residing in Martinique via a valid Carte de Sejour which entitles them to a Carte Vitale (French Health Insurance Card) have equal access to healthcare systems. Private health is equally available and the only difference waiting times which are greatly reduced under private care.


Information for Health Care Professionals

All medical professionals must have all legal documents both notarized and legalized local French Embassy and submit to relevant medical associations and professional bodies in France in order to go through relevant procedures prior to practicing in Martinique. Upon submission to the local French embassy, exams for specific specialty must be submitted.

The language of medical instruction in Martinique is French.


Information for Travelers 

Like France, Martinique has an excellent healthcare system of high quality. Patient care is heavily regulated and assured under centralized French system in Paris. Medical tourism does occur for those with EU citizen privileges to take advantage of French healthcare system albeit does not occur frequently among foreigners. Many do frequent Martinique from neighboring countries for private care at a high European standard. 

Dengue fever is transmitted via infected mosquitos and remains a key issue in the country. Protection from them is advised. In addition, the Zika virus remains prevalent in Martinique as much of Latin America. 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 Martinique is French with very few speaking English or Spanish. 

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://solidarites-sante.gouv.fr 


References:

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/martinique/health  

http://caribya.com/martinique/health.and.medical/ 

https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/caribbean/martinique/health/ 

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/martinique