Information for patients
The island of Saint Barthelemy, a French overseas collectivity and its citizens are entitled healthcare under the provision of the French national system. The island has a small hospital, the Hôpital de Bruyn, in Gustavia with an adjacent diagnostic laboratory. There is also at least one private diagnostic facility. Specialists in cardiology, general medicine, dentists, OB/GYN, paediatrics and rheumatology are also available. There are many pharmacies dispensing medicines.
The hospital can only treat minor pathologies and has a capacity of 20 beds, including 10 in medicine, 3 in surgery and 7 for follow-up care and rehabilitation. For complex operations the inhabitants go to Saint-Martin or Guadeloupe or Martinique depending on the pathology. The hospital has a digital radiology and a general emergency service, serving both locals and tourists.
The primary healthcare centre on the island of Saint-Barth offers gynecological consultations (pre and post-natal), consultations for infants, maternal and child protection and a vaccination service for children aged 0 to 6. The centre has a dialysis center, made up of two dialysis stations: The centre hosts specialized educators, psychologists and social workers.
Information for travellers
Everyone with a valid European Health Insurance Card can access emergency healthcare services in the island by the French state health service. Travellers need to pay for the health service, but they will be able to claim back up to 70% of the costs on their return to EU. It is advisable that travellers have te adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment.
If you need emergency medical assistance is required during your trip, dial 15 / 18 or 112 from a mobile and ask for an ambulance. Travellers should contact their insurance and medical assistance company promptly, when referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Those who are planning to move to the island permanently should contact the French Social Security Service for advice on long-term entitlement to health care provision under the French national system. Information can be obtained direct from the English language service of the Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie on 00 33 8 20 90 42 12 or CLEISS (the Helpdesk in France for international mobility and social security - English version available) on 00 33 1 45 26 33 4.