Information for Patients
The Government is the main service provider of health services. The private health sector in Vanuatu is a recent development and operates mainly in the two main cities of Vanuatu. Private health insurance is primarily utilised by expatriates. The public healthcare system is supplement by support from non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations and community-based services. The Ministry of Health is responsible for the four provincial hospitals and two referral hospitals in Vanuatu; the two major referral hospitals are located in the two main cities of Port Vila and Luganville. There are 30 health centres and 97 active dispensaries providing inpatient and outpatient care, preventative medicine and primary care around the islands. Patients pay modest contributions for inpatient care and outpatient services in public facilities.
Information for Health Care Professionals
There is a very severe shortage of qualified health care professionals in Vanuatu. Most medical professionals are recruited by the government.
The language of medical instruction in Vanuatu is English.
Information for Travelers
Medical tourism does not occur in Vanuatu, with many residents of Vanuatu going Australia or New Zealand for more serious illnesses. Travelers to Vanuatu are advised to take the following vaccines: Hepatitis A and B, Malaria, Measles, and Typhoid.
The common language of hospitals in Vanuatu is both English and French.
Link to Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health website: https://moh.gov.vu/