Healthcare in Mauritius

About 9.8% of the government’s total annual expenditure goes to the public healthcare system where Mauritians and permanent residents benefit from free medical services. Foreign visitors, however, would need to pay out-of-pocket for their health needs. Expats are strongly advised to secure health coverage before travelling to the country. 

The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life is primarily responsible for the development of a comprehensive health service to meet the needs of the 1.3 million population.

Expats are advised to take extra caution as mosquito-borne diseases are prevalent in Mauritius. An outbreak of dengue fever, which infected 219 people, was reported in June 2009. The virus is common in tropical countries in Asia, Africa and the Americas.

 

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Hospitals

Community clinics are found in towns and cities, but the larger facilities are located in the capital city of Port Louis.

The three largest hospitals in Mauritius are:

  • Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National Hospital
  • AG Jeetoo Hospital
  • Victoria Hospital

Are they reliable & affordable?

The African nation's per capita expenditure on health has been rising, standing at US$483 in 2014. As of 2012, the World Health Organization ranked Mauritius 84 out of 191 countries when it comes to the overall status of health service.

There are numerous public clinics and hospitals, and inexpensive private facilities in Mauritius. State-run clinics and hospitals provide free medical services, including maternity care and financial assistance to eligible individuals. Most healthcare providers were educated in Western countries although modern equipment is lacking in many public institutions.

Many expats vouch for Apollo Bramwell Private Hospital in Moka for its cutting-edge medical equipment and top-notch specialists.

What to know about the Workmen’s Compensation Act?

All workers aged 15 and above are extended Temporary Disability Benefits and Permanent Disability Benefits.

Individuals found to be temporarily disabled receive a constant-attendance supplement of 529 rupees, apart from the lump sum pension. Those assessed with permanent disability are paid a pension equivalent to 80% of monthly insurable earnings and an additional 529 rupees each month.

Income-earners, except self-employed individuals, may also avail of the Workers’ Medical Benefits, which include medical and surgical care, hospitalisation, medicines and other related expenses up to 4,000 rupees.

Pharmacies

Pharmaceuticals are considered as one of the fastest-growing sectors in Mauritius nowadays. The local companies do not only adequately supply the whole island but are now exporting products such as bulk drugs, gelatine capsules, disposable syringes and other medicines to other countries specifically within the Common Market for Eastern & Southern Africa regions.

Expats will find lots of pharmacies scattered all across the island. However, the country is strict when it comes to buying antibiotics over the counter. No pharmacy is allowed to sell or dispense any antibiotics without prescriptions so don’t forget to bring obtain one before heading to a pharmacy to buy medicines.

Emergency numbers

In case of emergency, contact the following numbers:

  • Medical emergency: 999 or 114
  • Fire department: 995 or 115
  • Police: 999 or 112

 

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