Exploring Medical Care in The Dominican Republic

Life in the Dominican Republic is a breeze for the many expats who choose to embrace the island. With constant sun, affordable living, and no shortage of activities and places to explore, it’s no wonder that the Dominican has become a popular dream destination! If you’re looking to claim your very own corner of paradise, but are wondering about some of the more important logistics like healthcare, Casa Linda is here to help. Read on to learn more about medical care in the Dominican Republic.

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Discover The Benefits of World-Class Facilities

Healthcare in the Dominican Republic has seen vast improvements and expansion since 2001, such as a multi-tiered system designed to provide optimal service at costs that make coverage accessible to everyone. Since introducing the reformed system several years ago, the country has garnered a reputation for leading medical care, including readily available access to world-class facilities and highly-qualified medical professionals. Not only is the Dominican leaps and bounds ahead of other Caribbean countries in terms of the quality of care offered, but shorter wait times and lower costs overall mean that residents have peace of mind where it counts the most.

Health Insurance You Can Rely On

In addition to having one the most advanced medical systems in the Caribbeans, health insurance plans makes finding coverage for medical and dental care simple. There are several types of plans available to choose from and the average cost of an advanced plan ranges from approximately $700 to $1500 USD annually (per couple).  Plans cover doctor’s visits, hospital stays, in hospital medicines, dental procedures, ambulance services, etc. and can be purchased on a yearly or quarterly basis, making them a perfect choice for Snowbirds.

Local Hospitals

People are often surprised to learn of how advanced the level of care is here on the north coast on the Dominican Republic. Five minutes from Casa Linda is Centro Medico Cabarete, a full service hospital which provides specialists for all medical issues, a full service surgery, excellent diagnostic equipment like an MRI, as well as English speaking professional to assist.

Twenty minutes away in Puerto Plata you’ll find more hospitals, the best of which is Bournigal. This private hospital accepts local health insurance and has excellent facilities and doctors. For more advanced treatment, HOMS Hospital in Santiago (1 hour away) is a world class facility that has become a destination health care provider for people from around the world. HOMS specializes in oncology, heart health, and even has robotic surgery options.

Medicines

Doctors prescribe the same as other places in the world, and local pharmacists are well trained and able to advise on health issues and medicines. Many pharmacies have English speaking staff as well, and finding the majority of your usual prescriptions is easy. 

Relax in Paradise

The World Health Organization ranks the Dominican Republic healthcare system within their top 100 systems worldwide, meaning that you never have to worry about medical care acting as a barrier to living in paradise.

Are you ready to discover life in the sun? Contact Casa Linda today to learn how you can get started building your dream home!