Barbados is being increasingly seen as a medical tourism destination, and some people plan tours to the country to receive non-emergency care while vacationing in spectacular, tropical surroundings. Barbados has one of the best healthcare systems in the world and has been ranked 46th by the World Health Organization in this regard. Universal public health in Barbados was established in the 1969 with the implementation of the Health Services Act. The Ministry of Health in Barbados is responsible for providing medical services to the people, the regulation of the industry and creation of favorable policies.
The private healthcare sector in Barbados comprises of physicians, specialist clinics, hospitals, cardiac clinics, emergency care and others. Besides this, there is a fresh surge of investment, both private and public, towards the establishment of medical infrastructure for the expansion and development of medical tourism in the country.
Hospital and doctor standards in Barbados
Barbados has one of the best doctor-people ratios with 18 physicians for every 10,000 people in the country, which is very close to its Canadian counterpart, which has 20 physicians for every 10,000 people. The doctors and medical professionals in the country are primarily trained at the University of West Indies and gain international exposure through exchange programs across the countries in the Caribbean. English is the official language of Barbados and all the doctors and supporting personnel speak in the language that most medical tourists are comfortable and familiar with. This helps them better understand their problems and cater to all their needs.
Also, valuable research supported by the University of West Indies is carried out in the fields of ophthalmology, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases is being conducted at the University through foreign collaboration.
Numerous hospitals and clinics in the country are dedicated towards providing preventive care and contribute to the shift of focus from curative treatments. This to a large extent signifies the developed status of the medical infrastructure in the country. This feature also points at the potential of Barbados as an excellent medical tourism destination that offers both preventive care and vacationing possibilities.
Both public and private hospitals and clinics are already equipped with sophisticated radiology labs, pathology and testing laboratories while investments is being made to constantly upgrade their standard.
The government of Barbados is also working towards setting up a national accreditation system for all the hospitals and clinics in the country in order to bring organization and stringent quality control in the medical tourism industry of the country.
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