If you were visiting or living in Dominican Republic, what would happen if you needed to visit a hospital? What about a family member or a friend?
Thankfully, in the DR you have access to quality medical care and health insurance coverage.
It's something many foreigners wonder about when considering the DR as a place to visit regularly or live permanently.
First, when it comes to healthcare, hopefully you won't ever need it.
But if you do, you want to be sure you and your family can get (and pay for) the care you need.
Whether you’ll be regularly vacationing in the Dominican Republic or moving here full time, it’s important to know about your health care options.
Fortunately, here on the North Coast you can expect top-level care from well-trained, English-speaking staff.
Fifteen years ago, the Dominican Republic significantly reformed its health care system. In the big cities and major tourist areas like the North Coast, the quality of health care is first rate.
With the large number of expats living on the North Coast, it’s no surprise that the medical services available in Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete are as good as you'd get back home.
Major surgeries and more specialized services are available at a large hospital in Santiago, only an hour south.
At both hospitals and private clinics, doctors and other medical staff are well-trained. They're often educated abroad, mostly in the United States. And they'll usually be able to speak to you in English.
If you ever need to visit a hospital or clinic, ask for English-speaking before you’re admitted. That way, you’ll fully understand procedures, processes and pricing.
The DR attracts people looking for high-end medical services, including laser surgeries and dentistry.
This include medical tourists from the United States, Canada and Europe. As well, many people from other Caribbean islands visit for the medical expertise here in the DR.
These types of services are usually offered at private clinics with the most modern equipment and staffed by physicians who are often educated in North America.
Prices are usually quite reasonable, especially compared to what you’d pay in the United States.
General practitioners and family doctors aren’t very common in the DR.
Instead of a GP, you can choose an internist (and a pediatrician for children), who you can see for basic needs and referrals to specialists as required.
As an expat in the Dominican Republic, you’ll need private health insurance or complementary insurance to fill any gaps in coverage costs, i.e. what you have to pay for each visit or treatment.
Medical insurance plans come in various types:
You deserve to enjoy your time on the North Coast worry-free.
Hopefully, you'll never need to use health care services here.
However, it's good to know you and your family can get and pay for care, should it be needed.
Dreaming DR can help you be prepared. Get in touch if you'd like more information about healthcare services on the North Coast and health insurance options.