Information for Patients
The Sri Lankan healthcare system consists of both private and state providers. General and Teaching Hospitals provide highly qualified medical staff and access to more advanced medical facilities. The government has made it a national priority to deliver free-of-charge universal healthcare to all citizens. This may occasionally result in a lack in efficiency when in need of treatment, leading to the appeal of purchasing private medical insurance plans to suit necessities. Private hospitals are therefore popular amongst choices.
The healthcare system allows patients to walk into the hospitals to seek a specialist without a referral from a General Practitioner.
Sri Lanka also offers traditional Ayurveda medicine, supported by the government as part of the country’s healthcare system.
There is a fair ratio of qualified medical staff to patients.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) is a statutory body approved by the Constitution of Sri Lanka that governs medical practice in the country. Foreigners looking to practice in Sri Lanka must get authorization from SLMC through examinations. Students who obtain a medical degree from a university in Sri Lanka are automatically licensed to practice in the country.
Information for Travelers
Sri Lanka is well known for traditional Ayurvedic and herbal medicine, also presented as spa packages. However, Ayurveda can also be accessed for medical treatments too.
All travelers are advised to be up to date on routine vaccinations. Moreover, the following vaccinations are recommended prior to travelling to Sri Lanka: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, Japanese Encephalitis, rabies.
In recent years, dengue has been one of the most prevalent infectious diseases burdening travelers and citizens of Sri Lanka.
Common languages spoken in Sri Lanka are Sinhalese, Tamil and English.
Ministry of Health Website: http://www.health.gov.lk/moh_final/english/