FAQs

Q?What is medical tourism?
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Medical tourism is the act of traveling away from your home for medical care. If you travel to another city, another state, or another country for medical care…you are a medical tourist. Many people are more comfortable with the term “medical traveler”, as it describes the act of traveling for medical care, not the act of becoming a tourist. Depending on the type of medical procedure you receive, you may be able to enjoy the many benefits of your location, including entertainment, dining, shopping, beaches and more. Whatever term you choose to use, we hope you’ll consider the VIP Concierge medical care available only at Bahamas Medical Center for your upcoming medical vacation.

Q?Why should I consider medical or surgical procedures outside the US?
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More than 42 Million Americans lack have adequate health and medical insurance. Additionally the price for medical care in the United States is among the highest in the world, while the quality of that medical care continues to decline. For many years, Americans and Canadians alike have been traveling to foreign countries to receive high quality medical care at affordable prices. This practice, commonly known as medical tourism is a growing global industry. Another reason that many Americans and Canadians travel to other nations for medical care is the quality of care. While many physicians spend less than 5-10 minutes per patient, many countries offer quality personal access to leading doctors and specialists. The ability to receive personal, attentive care from a physician that will take the time to listen to your healthcare needs and provide personalized healthcare solutions is a primary reason that people choose the Bahamas Medical Center.

Q?What happens if something goes wrong?
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Bahamas Medical Center is staffed by Board Certified Physicians. All doctors and nurses in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff are Advanced Cardiac and Trauma Life Support certified. If there should be any complications with your surgery, the team at Bahamas Medical Center will give you best possible emergency care.

Q?Is cost the most important factor that I should consider?
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That is a great question. Do you drive the least expensive car, wear the least expensive clothes, and eat at the least expensive restaurants? Of course not. But when it comes to healthcare, many people feel inclined to choose the lowest cost provider. While Bahamas Medical Center offers pricing that is much lower than most U.S. prices, our prices are not as low as third world competitors. In the end, we believe our patients are looking for the high quality, VIP medical care, with complete safety and security, English speaking doctors and a vacation they will remember forever. If that’s what you’re looking for…we think you’ll love the value of the Bahamas Medical Center.

Q?What is the typical cost difference of medical procedures abroad?
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Our patients tell us that our prices are generally 30% to 50% lower than most U.S. prices. Some of our procedures are even more affordable, offering savings of 50% or more

Q?Why is medical care so much cheaper in certain countries?
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Medical care is much more affordable in Latin American and the Caribbean because of lower wages, free education, lower cost of living, and an emphasis on affordable, quality care. Additionally, most other countries are less likely to have the enormous burden of malpractice lawsuits that add great costs to the American healthcare system.

Q?How can I trust the quality of doctors at the Bahamas Medical Center?
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The doctors at the Bahamas Medical Center are Board Certified Physicians, just like in the U.S. and Canada. Our doctors are often trained at the same universities and under the same guidelines as most American and Canadian doctors.

Q?How can I correspond with a doctor in The Bahamas?
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To speak with one of our doctors, please contact Sakina Sands, our International Patient Coordinator. She can help you find the right specialist and help you get connected.

Q?Is the Bahamas Medical Center safe?
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Yes. Our facilities are among the newest and best in the world! We are accredited by the Joint Commission International, ensuring that our medical facilities meet the highest international standards.

Q?How do I find a doctor?
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Call our International Patient Coordinator, Sakina Sands to help you find the right doctor for your needs.

Q?What if I don’t find the procedure that I want on you website?
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Please contact our International Patient Coordinator at 242-302-4710, toll-free at 866-277-5054 or via email at for a complete list is available procedures. We offer almost every imaginable medical procedure through Bahamas Medical Center or our partner Doctors Hospital. We’re confident that we can help you get the procedure you need in The Bahamas.

Q?What if my family doctor advises against a medical procedure abroad?
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As medical tourism grows in popularity and more Americans travel abroad for healthcare, some doctors are concerned that they might lose their patients to overseas hospitals. Some doctors need to be educated about the benefits of medical tourism and to help their patients make the best decisions. We are happy to speak with your doctor to clear up any concerns or misconceptions about our quality of care. In fact, it’s interesting to note that we have hundreds of doctors in the U.S. and Canada that refer patients to us every year.

Q?How can it be safe to travel so far after a surgical procedure?
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Depending on the surgery, you may need to rest and avoid travel for a few days or more after your surgery. Your International Patient Coordinator and your doctors will advise you about the amount of time you will need to recover before traveling again.

Q?Can I speak with a past client about their experience?
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Yes. We have a long list of satisfied patients. Many would be pleased to share their experience with you. Please ask the International Patient Coordinator for patient references.

Q?If I bring a relative or friend, will there be an additional charge?
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Additional charges may apply for air travel, hotel accommodations, meals and more.

Q?Can I make my own flight arrangements?
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Sure. You can manage your travel if you’d like. Please coordinate your travel plans with the International Patient Coordinator and Medical Concierge.

Q?Can I use my frequent flyer miles for my flight?
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Yes. If you can save money on your air travel…you’ll have more money to enjoy in The Bahamas!

Q?Can I book my own hotel stay?
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Sure. We’re here to help…but you can certainly book your own hotel accommodations.

Q?If I live close by, can I still use the hospital?
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Absolutely. Bahamians are welcome at the Bahamas Medical Center. We’re here for you!

Q?What type of travel documents do we need?
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The United States government regulation requires that all US citizens have a valid passport for all international travel. No visa is required for American or Canadian tourists.

Q?Do I need to obtain any vaccinations prior to going to The Bahamas?
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No, you are not required to get any type of vaccinations to travel to The Bahamas.

Q?What is the weather like in The Bahamas?
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In the winter we are warmed by the Gulf Stream and in the summer cooled by the trade winds, giving us a temperate climate.

Q?What time zone is The Bahamas on?
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Eastern Standard (It’s the same time in The Bahamas as it is in Miami or New York!

Q?What language is spoken in The Bahamas?
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English is the official language of The Bahamas. We think you’ll love our Bahamian dialect.

Q?What is the currency in The Bahamas and do I need to exchange my money?
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The legal tender is the Bahamian dollar (B$), which is equivalent on value to the U.S. dollar. Both U.S. and Bahamian dollar are accepted interchangeably throughout the islands.