Information for Patients
Healthcare in Trinidad and Tobago is divided between public and private sector. Healthcare is universal and free for all citizens with no cost to patients. Residents of the island and tourists are also allowed to access the government health services free of charge as long as they have either a national health insurance number or health insurance. It is important to note that while the government funds the national health services, it does not run it and leaves the responsibility to five different health authorities divided in each region. Thus, variations in healthcare delivery throughout the islands is to be anticipated. Due to massive usage of the healthcare system, turnaround can be slow and thus, many foreign residents and tourists resort to private healthcare. Naturally, the cost of private care is significantly higher.
Information for Health Care Professionals
All medical professionals must have all legal documents both notarized and legalized Trinidadian and Tobago Embassy and submit to relevant medical associations. Upon submission to the local Trinidadian embassy, exams for specific specialty must be submitted.
The language of medical instruction in Trinidad and Tobago is English
Information for Travelers
Healthcare in Trinidad and Tobago is of high quality, up to European and United States standards.
Trinidad and Tobago does see a healthy influx of medical tourist due to the free services provided in the health sector and thanks in large part to the quality of health service provided.
No medical vaccinations are needed to Trinidad and Tobago albeit Dengue fever continues to pose as a key risk factor. Dengue is transmitted via infected mosquitos, those covering and night and appropriate mosquito repellant with sufficient DEET is advised.
The common language of hospitals Trinidad and Tobago is English.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: http://www.health.gov.tt/sitepages/default.aspx?id=38