Information for Patients
Funded by the Caisse Nationale d’Assurance (public insurance), public healthcare in Tunisia is universal to all Tunisian citizens, predominately in the primary care service with some minimal charge for other services. Paying into the CNA is compulsory for all Tunisian citizens. Both public and private sector are of high quality and are en par with services provided in France (with some reduced qualities in more rural areas). Expats are required to be given private health insurance plan in order to take part in the healthcare service, but this is provided by any employer to a foreigner in Tunisia.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Practicing in Tunisia requires translation and notarization of key medical documents prior to undertaking the key medical exams required by relevant medical boards in the county. Please consult both the local Tunisia embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Tunisia medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Tunisia.
French is the language of instruction for medical education in Tunisia.
Information for Travelers
Medical tourism is the second major employer in Tunisia, with many visiting not just throughout the North African region but even from Southern Europe. This is in thanks to the quality of service provided in the country and economical costs, in particular for the private sector. French is the best language to utilize within the health sector if one is not already fluent in Arabic as very little English is spoken. It is recommended for all travelers to Tunisia to take out their own health insurance.
Hepatitis A and B, tetanus, typhoid as well as rubella vaccinations are recommended prior to arrival in Tunisia.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: http://www.santetunisie.rns.tn/fr/presentations/le-ministre