Information for Patients
The National Health Service of Samoa is the main governmental provider of health services. As a nation that depends on tourism, Samoa is equipped to meet the demand of quality healthcare services. Tupaua Tamasese Meaole Hospital situated in Apia is the largest hospital, working in conjunction with four district hospitals. For advanced tertiary treatments, patients may qualify to be referred overseas, such as New Zealand or Hawaii. These facilities (with exception of travel fees) are financed by the Samoan government.
The private healthcare system only consists of basic, limited facilities.
Foreigners visiting Samoa are strongly advised to purchase a comprehensive international health insurance that contains the emergency medical evacuation benefit. In an event of a serious medical condition or accident, foreigners visiting Samoa are advised to seek aid in New Zealand, Australia or Hawaii. For any other procedures carried out at a facility located within Samoa, international patients are usually requested an upfront cash payment.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Medical practitioners seeking work in Samoa must be authorized by The Medical Practitioners Act 2007. Registration may be granted in 3 different forms:
- Provisional registration may be granted if the applicant lacks sufficient practical medical and surgical experience.
- Temporary registration may be given to applicants planning on a short-term medical service.
- Full registration will implement the applicant into the Register by the Registrar Healthcare Professionals.
- For professionals to acquire practicing certificates, they must abide by the requirements extended by the Samoa Medical Association (SMA).
- Languages of instruction in Samoa include Samoan and English, however, with progression throughout school years, English becomes the main mode of instruction.
Information for Travelers
There is a high risk of contracting Zika virus in Samoa. Other infectious diseases that may be contracted include typhoid fever, hepatitis, filariasis and tuberculosis.
Travellers with underlining health conditions must prepare and travel with all necessary medication as specialised medication may not be available. A medical certificate may also be required as justification. Due to these circumstances, patients with high health risks must purchase adequate travel health insurance.
Common languages spoken in Samoa are Samoan and English.
Link to the Ministry of health website for Samoa: https://www.health.gov.ws/