Information for Patients
The Turks and Caicos Islands health care system consists of both public and private health care providers. Universal health coverage has been achieved through the implementation of the National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP) in 2010, a social insurance program that provides universal coverage for basic health care to all residents; it is free at the point of care.
Primary health care is delivered through government-managed public health clinics distributed across the islands and by private medical professionals. The Ministry of Health operates eight primary health care clinics: one in Grand Turk, two in Providenciales, two in North Caicos, and one each in South Caicos, Middle Caicos, and Salt Cay. Secondary and tertiary care is provided at the Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital, which has two sites: one in Providenciales (Cheshire Hall Medical Center) and one in Grand Turk (Cockburn Town Medical Center). Many patients continue using the Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital as the first point of care, instead of utilizing the primary care system. The Vision 2020 Health Sector Plan includes a Primary Health Care Renewal Strategy aimed at reducing the use of expensive hospital services and improving access to primary care.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Medical professionals wishing to practice in the Turks and Caicos Islands should register with the Health Registrar, who submits their application to the relevant professional council for review. If satisfied, the professional council instructs the Health Registrar to register the applicant, whose name is added to the particular register for the profession.
At registration, each medical professional will be issued a certificate of registration after an appearance at the Health Secretariat in person. The professional will then be required to complete an application form for an initial ‘License to Practice’ along with payment of the requisite licensing fee that is payable annually, and attend an interview by the Health Registrar to satisfy the final requirements for the issuance of the ‘Practice License.’ After a satisfactory interview and payment of the annual licensing fee, a ‘Practice License’ will be issued. Registered health professionals are required by law to display their license in a conspicuous place for the public to view in their principal place of practice.
Information for Travelers
Medical tourism does not occur in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Local medical facilities provide healthcare for travelers and tourists. Medical emergencies that cannot be handled are stabilized and flown by air ambulance to Miami or Nassau.
The common language of hospitals in the Turks and Caicos Islands is English.