Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Information for Patients
Healthcare in the US Virgin Islands is predominately private with some public intuitions. Despite being a US territory, healthcare in the US Virgin Islands has experienced immense pressure on the system and lack of support, especially following Hurricane Maria. As such, many services have to be conducted in the US mainland in lieu of the US Virgin Islands. Private healthcare is much like the United States mainland. US resident and citizens with Medicaid can potentially benefit from the health system at a minimal cost.


Information for Health Care Professionals
All medical professionals must have all legal documents both notarized and legalized by the local US Embassy or Consulate and submit to relevant medical associations. Upon submission to the local embassy, exams for specific specialties must be submitted. It is also vital to double check with key medical boards and societies within the United States to understand key requirements for practice in the USA and the US Virgin Islands.

The language of medical instruction in the US Virgin Islands is English.


Information for Travelers 
Travelers coming from a region infected with Yellow Fever are required to have proof of yellow fever vaccinations prior to arrival. Medical tourism used to occur between other islands due to the high standards of US style healthcare, despite the cost. However, due to recent infrastructure pressure, this has slowly died down.  Health insurance is essential prior to travelling to the US Virgin Islands.

The common language of hospitals in the US Virgin Islands is English.

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://doh.vi.gov 

 

References:
https://www.npr.org/2018/02/04/582256476/in-the-u-s-virgin-islands-health-care-remains-in-a-critical-state 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23387106 
https://www.healthcare.gov/virgin-islands/