Health insurance in Haiti
If you’re planning on traveling to Haiti, securing the right health insurance plan can help cover medical costs while you’re in the area. Pacific Prime can provide you with a suitable plan for your needs, and within your budget. Click below to get a free quote or continue reading to find out more about health insurance in Haiti.
The Haiti healthcare system
Situated next to the Dominican Republic, the tropical island of Haiti is home to a unique Caribbean culture and plenty of landmarks. Its natural beauty consists of beautiful beaches, mountains, and huge waterfalls while its historic and cultural attractions are unmatched. Sadly, natural disasters, environmental degradation, and poverty have had a devastating impact on the country. One example of this is the Port au Prince earthquake in 2010 which destroyed the country’s healthcare infrastructure by wiping out 50 health centers and the Ministry of Health.
Public healthcare facilities still suffer from a lack of medical staff and insufficient treatment and equipment. A large portion of the population does not have access to essential healthcare services, especially in rural areas. The leading causes of death in Haiti include cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, diarrhea, malaria, respiratory infections, and tuberculosis. Medical Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) like Doctors Without Borders provide help through their charity clinics throughout the country.
Specialized procedures such as CT scans are available in private clinics for those who can afford them.
Haiti health-related travel advice
Malaria, dengue, and Zika virus are insect-borne diseases in Haiti. Make sure that your accommodation is insect-proof, use insect repellent, and wear protective gear in high-risk areas.
Typhoid and hepatitis are common food and waterborne diseases in Haiti. Be sure to avoid any uncooked or raw food, and drink water that is bottled and sealed, or boiled.
Since medical facilities are lacking and disease outbreaks are common, emergency evacuation to the US is usually the only option if you become seriously injured or ill.
How to find the best private health insurance in Haiti
While international health insurance is not mandatory for Haiti, it is strongly advised due to the country’s weak healthcare infrastructure. International health insurance offers comprehensive medical coverage for those traveling outside of their home country. It’s recommended to check whether your existing health insurance plan offers international health coverage and to secure travel health insurance if not. It’s crucial to ensure your policy includes emergency evacuation to avoid hefty out-of-pocket costs if you have to be medically evacuated to the US or another country.
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