Visiting the Doctor in Tunisia



Tunisia is known to travelers for its majestic beaches, its intriguingly beautiful heritage sites, and the adventure-filled stretches of desert land.

But expatriates have to take more than just a country's tourist spots when they relocate to that country. Aside from employment opportunities, one must consider the intricacies of healthcare.

An expat must consider purchasing international health insurance in Tunisia to ensure sufficient medical coverage at all times, and most importantly, a plan that is tailored to the individual's or family's needs.

The first level of public healthcare in Tunisia can be acquired from an extensive network of primary healthcare centers. There are about 2067 of these health care facilities, which includes maternal and child health centers, dispensaries, and health posts and can be found throughout the country.

Hospitals in Tunisia are also easily accessible to the public in need. There are about 118 district hospitals, mostly found in the main cities of rural areas. These hospitals provide primary healthcare, maternity care, as well as general inpatient and outpatient care.

For more complicated cases like surgery and cardiology, an expat can go to one of the 34 regional hospitals.

With the introduction of medical tourism in the country, doctors in Tunisia have gotten more training, and facilities of both public and private medical facilities are being improved. Most medical practitioners are affiliated with public hospitals or entities.

The private sector of healthcare in Tunisia has been ramping up growth in the past few years, which may be an offshoot of the increasing demand for medical tourism in the country.