The Cayman Islands is fortunate to have over 200 registered healthcare facilities, including pharmacies, laboratories, physician practices and therapy clinics, over 700 registered practitioners and numerous private specialists. Incredibly, there are approximately 4.7 doctors and 7.8 nurses for every 1,000 people residing in the Cayman Islands.
Grand Cayman also has three fully equipped hospitals: Cayman Islands Hospital, Doctors Hospital and Health City Cayman Islands. The latter hopes to have a second speciality hospital in Camana Bay completed by the end of 2023. For those living or visiting Cayman Brac, there is Faith Hospital.
Healthcare in the Cayman Islands has seen continued innovation over the years and Grand Cayman has achieved technologically-enhanced excellence in a number of medical fields including cardiac surgery, cancer treatment, hospice care, IVF orthopaedics and more. Because of these advancements, more individuals are making a choice to take up treatment in Cayman, and the Island has cemented its place as the top medical tourism destination in the Caribbean.
If you are visiting the Islands and you do fall sick, you could not be in a better place with regards to the quality of care and service, outside of mainland America. However, there is no free medical care in Cayman, and so you should make sure you are covered by a travel insurance plan.
Useful Phone Numbers:
Accident & Emergency 911
Cayman Islands Hospital (345) 949 8600
CTMH Doctors Hospital (345) 949 6066
Health City Cayman Islands (345) 640 4040
Faith Hospital, Cayman Brac (345) 948 2243
Be aware of the ‘bends’. Cayman does have a decompression chamber, but don’t plan to use it! Ear complications can result from diving with a cold or sinus infection, and may require a doctor’s attention. Lionfish are venomous so avoid them. Read our article on Dive Medicine in Cayman for more information.