Information for patients
Niue is experiencing increases in the incidence of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The Niue Foou Hospital is the hub for the majority of health services and public health programmes, providing both primary and secondary medical care. Tertiary care is provided via transfers to New Zealand and an emergency evacuation service, complemented with annual visits from New Zealand-based specialists.
The current model of care promotes a treatment-based approach, and more needs to be done to promote disease prevention and healthy living. There are limited monitoring and reporting mechanisms to gauge the efficiency or effectiveness of health-care delivery. The ability of the health sector to provide effective services is further challenged by a declining health workforce and ageing population. As a small country, village-level community health workers can play a key role in the promotion of health and the prevention of diseases at the community level.
Information for travellers
All travellers are advised to obtain extensive medical insurance before travelling to the island. Their travel insurance must include emergent medical evacuation services because complex cases are usually treated in neighbouring countries, such as Australia and such services are quite expensive.
Link to Ministry of Health: http://www.gov.nu/wb/pages/ministries.php