Information for patients
Access to the health services is almost universal and is free at the primary and secondary level. There are minimal user fees at the more complex levels of care. The National Insurance Service (NIS) provides social security protection through sickness, maternity, disability, funerary, and survivor's benefits. There is no national health insurance, and discussions are under way to assess its feasibility.
Public health services are provided mainly in primary care clinics, rural district hospitals, and the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital for secondary and tertiary care. These facilities are supplemented with private clinics. The only private hospital is the Maryfield Hospital, with 12 beds. As in many other Caribbean countries, some complex health services are provided in neighboring countries. Primary care is delivered at the 39 health care facilities, 1 polyclinic and 5 district hospitals.
Although a national electronic information system is in place, paper-based records are still widely used. Mobile technology and the use of telemedicine services support patient care by specialists.
Information for healthcare professionals
Continuing education is required for renewing authorization to practice in some categories of health personnel.
Information for travellers
Because of its geographic location, the country is at risk of natural disasters, especially tropical storms and hurricanes. The National Emergency Management Organization is the agency tasked with responding to this type of disaster. The country is still recovering from Tropical Storm in 2010.
Primary care is delivered at the 39 health care facilities, 1 polyclinic and 5 district hospitals. Secondary care is offered at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital
Visitors seeking medical treatment should be aware that cash payment is required in advance by all hospitals and medical centers. Consequently, all visitors and expatriates in the country should purchase travel and international medical insurance, which should include emergency evacuation in the event advanced treatment, or transport overseas, is required.
Link to Ministry of Health: http://www.health.gov.vc/health/