If you’re planning on traveling to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, getting the right health insurance plan can help cover medical costs while you are in the area. Pacific Prime can help you find the right 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 St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Overview of healthcare in St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Known for its beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters, and friendly locals, St. Vincent and the Grenadines have all the offerings of a tropical getaway destination without the crowds of its more famous isles. Situated south of St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a favorite amongst elite travelers and those who prefer more secluded shores.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines healthcare system
The largest hospital in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the Kingstown General Hospital, which is also known as the Million Cato Memorial Hospital. There are public hospitals and clinics throughout the islands as well. While you can get treatment at a primary level in any of the 39 healthcare facilities, secondary care such as general surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, radiology, and orthopedics is only available at Kingston General Hospital.
Since facilities are limited, serious medical issues and emergencies require evacuation to another island (such as Barbados or Trinidad) or the US. You’ll be expected to pay full costs for healthcare services, making health insurance with emergency evacuation a must.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines health-related travel advice
Tap water on St. Vincent comes from a reservoir and is considered safe to drink. Tap water on the other islands comes from sources such as rain, wells, and desalination plants, resulting in varying quality and taste. Bottled water is recommended and available throughout the islands.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines have a risk of Zika virus transmission as well as mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya virus. All travelers are at risk and should take appropriate measures to prevent insect bites, such as by wearing trousers and long sleeve shirts and applying effective insect repellent. There is no vaccination or medication to prevent or treat dengue and visitors who exhibit symptoms of the fever should seek appropriate medical advice.
Vaccinations against hepatitis B and tuberculosis are sometimes recommended, though it’s advisable to seek medical advice before traveling. All short-term visitors and tourists should ensure previous vaccinations are up-to-date and are advised to carry a basic medical kit as well as antibiotics to treat travelers’ diarrhea.
Travelers who are taking regular medications should bring sufficient quantities to last for the duration of their trip, and ensure that they are correctly labeled; they should not expect to obtain prescription or over-the-counter drugs in local stores or pharmacies.
Despite increasing numbers of tourists, and divers in particular, traveling to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, there is no decompression chamber available within the country. If a diver encounters difficulties and requires a decompression chamber, emergency air evacuation to Barbados is necessary. Divers visiting Saint Vincent and the Grenadines should ensure their international health insurance includes cover for diving-related healthcare needs along with emergency medical evacuation.
How to find the best private health insurance in St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Individuals, families, and groups visiting Saint Vincent and the Grenadines should ensure they are sufficiently covered for all medical circumstances, including those where air ambulance or medical evacuation may be required. Purchasing comprehensive travel and medical cover is strongly advised. For more information about the products and services Pacific Prime can offer, or to receive a free health insurance quote, contact us today!