Healthcare and Insurance System in the Caribbean
10 May 2022
Healthcare and insurance system in the Caribbean:
Most Caribbean countries have developed and implemented programmes on the national level, which are a part of the 119 United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Some of the goals are poverty reduction, high quality education for life, gender equality, and improving global population health. See how some of the countries are actively revising and implementing the approaches to provide high standards of living for its citizens.
The Ministry of Health of the Bahamas is responsible for health policy and planning; regulation and control; financing of health services; development and implementation of national health programs and provision of health services. The Minister is responsible for the work of various state bodies dealing with health care.
Public hospitals in the Bahamas were established in 1998. By law, the government is responsible for the management and development of three public hospitals and a rehabilitation center. The National Drug Agency and the Central Directorate of Management are responsible for mass purchases of disposable medical devices.
The government-backed health care system is responsible for providing the bulk of health care to the population, which accounts 87% of health care facilities. The cost of insurance plans in the Bahamas comes in a wide range that depends on your need and level of desired cover. Basic inpatient only plans can cost as little as US$54 per month, while the most comprehensive Bahamas health insurance plan with high limits and benefits can be as high as US$1,092 monthly. Additional coverage for outpatient, maternity, and dental is available, and will vary in cost depending on the plan.