Although a convenient destination for North American health travelers, the Caribbean region offers only a few high-quality healthcare options: one JCI-accredited hospital (Doctors Hospital in the Bahamas) and two renowned specialty facilities, the Barbados Fertility Center (for assisted reproductive technologies) and the Crossroads Center in Antigua (for substance abuse and addiction treatment).
Still, the region’s white sand beaches, laid-back lifestyle, and welcoming hospitality attract health travelers who appreciate short travel times, a chance to mix healthcare with a vacation in a culturally familiar environment. As travel restrictions to Cuba ease for US citizens, American patients will see new access to specialties and highly trained doctors available much closer to home.
There are cost savings to be had here too, with IVF fees in Barbados, for example, running around half the price quoted in most US fertility centers.
The Caribbean and Medical Tourism
No discussion of the Caribbean as a healthcare destination would be complete without mention of the newly opened Health City Cayman Islands, a 140-bed tertiary-care hospital founded by famed Indian heart surgeon Dr. Devi Shetty. Current specialties are cardiac surgery, bariatrics and orthopedics. Over the next decade, the this JCI-accredited hospital plans to expand to a 2,000-bed facility, providing care in all major specialties including neurology and oncology.
Note: While not yet included as a Patients Beyond Borders medical travel destination, nearby Colombia is a frequently traveled health venue for Caribbean patients, who take advantage of prices some 40 percent lower than in the US. Excellent facilities such as Fundacion CardioInfantil (a JCI-accredited heart specialty hospital), Calle Doce Clínica Odontológica (dentistry), the San Diego Ophthalmologic Clinic in El Poblado (eye care), and Hospital San Vicente (Colombia’s largest hospital network) serve thousands of affluent Caribbean patients annually.
Last updated on 28 October 2016