Health insurance in Morocco
Whether you’re planning on traveling to or are already living in Morocco, having the right health insurance plan can help cover any medical costs while you’re there. Pacific Prime can assist you in finding the best plan for your needs and budget. Click below to get a free quote or continue reading to find out more about health insurance in Morocco.
Overview of healthcare in Morocco
Morocco has a two-tiered healthcare system: universal public healthcare and private healthcare. Since public healthcare does not meet Western standards, most expats are more comfortable with the private alternative.
If you’re due for a checkup or have any concerns, General Practitioners (GPs) and specialists are available throughout Morocco. Some doctors accept walk-ins while others only take appointments. Instead of specific times, patients are usually asked if they want a morning or afternoon appointment and seen on a first-come-first-served basis. The office hours of GPs in Morocco are usually between 9 am to 1 pm, and 4 pm to 7 pm from Monday to Friday, as well as 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday.
If you require any blood work or an x-ray, your doctor will tell you where to go since they are usually not done at the office.
If you need any prescription medication, your doctor will give you a note that you can bring to any pharmacy to collect. Pharmacies in Morocco are easy to spot since they typically have either a green plus or crescent sign. Medicine that you might be used to buying over the counter back home, such as ibuprofen, has to be requested from the pharmacist.
The level of care and services available vary between hospitals. Generally speaking, doctors and medical equipment are lacking in the North African country, which can severely impair certain emergency services. Additionally, the differences between healthcare in major towns and rural areas can be significant. It’s always advisable to get a second opinion before agreeing to any important surgery.
Doctor and hospital service fees are charged in cash. Since you’ll rarely be able to pay with a credit card, it’s best to have cash ready. Ambulance services require advance payment as well.
Morocco health-related travel advice
It’s recommended to be up to date with your immunization schedule before visiting Morocco, including polio, tetanus, and diphtheria. It’s also advisable to be vaccinated for typhoid, rabies, and hepatitis A and B.
Dengue Fever is prevalent in the area, so it’s best to avoid mosquito bites and carry mosquito repellent on you.
While common in Morocco, henna tattoos contain a chemical called para-phenylenediamine (PPD), which can result in a painful allergic reaction for some people.
How to find the best private health insurance in Morocco
Pacific Prime offers a wide range of insurance plans along with benefit package options including inpatient, outpatient, maternity, dental, and more. Contact our expert advisors to receive a free quote and enjoy the peace of mind that our health insurance plans can offer.