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Unfortunately, vacation doesn't always go as planned and some visitors do need Health Care in The Dominican Republic during their holiday. Tourists that end up in a Dominican Republic Hospital most time became sick due to food poising, accidents or diseases. But don’t worry the Dominican Republic has the largest healthcare system in the Caribbean. Here you will find all you need to know about Health Care in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican healthcare system has been undergoing reforms since 2001, which is good news for everyone involved. The old system was underfunded, inefficient, low quality, and resulted in a lot of out-of-pocket expenses for the patients — even the poorest of Dominican society.
The new system is split into three clear tiers:
- contributive regime — financed by workers and their employers
- subsidized regime — financed by the state for the poor, unemployed, disabled, and indigent
- contributive subsidized regime — financed by independent professionals, technical workers, and self-employed persons themselves, but subsidized by the state (instead of an employer)
As an expat working in the Dominican Republic, you are likely to be part of the contributive regime, but it is worth clearing up the details with your employer. Private health insurance or complementary insurance is essential to avoid excessive gaps in coverage costs, i.e. what you have to pay for each visit or treatment. The reforms of the public healthcare system still have a long way to go. In fact, in 2013 only 58% of workers were contributing to the public healthcare system, even though the reforms had begun twelve years earlier.