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Health services are provided by government and by private practitioners.

Government’s Health Services Authority (HSA) provides patient care through the 103-bed Cayman Islands Hospital on Grand Cayman and the 18-bed Faith Hospital on Cayman Brac. Primary healthcare is offered at four district health centres in Grand Cayman and a centre in Little Cayman; dental and eye care services are provided on site at the Health Service Complex in Grand Cayman.

The Cayman Islands Hospital, a 139,066 sq. ft. two-storey 24-hour full service medical facility, offers accident and emergency services; a range of surgical services; a critical care unit; and pharmacy and laboratory services.

Faith Hospital serves the residents of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The facility provides primary, basic secondary and emergency care. There is an inpatient unit, as well as an operating theatre, maternity, accident and emergency department, outpatient clinic and a public health department. Specialist physicians from the Cayman Islands Hospital visit regularly.

In Little Cayman a purpose-built facility has a waiting area, a triage area, treatment room, and offices for a doctor and dentist. A registered nurse conducts clinics Mondays through Fridays and these clinics are complemented by a weekly physician’s visit.

A private facility, the Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, is located in George Town.

In 2010 there were 53 doctors in the government service, including five based on Cayman Brac. Another 115 doctors were in private practice, providing family health or specialist medical care.

Dental care in the HSA is provided by ten dentists. Privately, there are 33 dentists practicing.

There are no endemic tropical diseases, and the Islands are non-malarial. The Mosquito Research and Control Unit uses chemical and physical control methods to reduce the incidence of mosquitoes.

Fees are charged for medical treatment in Government hospitals and clinics, though these compare favourably with rates at private hospitals in the U.S. There is no reciprocal agreement between the government and the National Health Service in the U.K.

All residents must have health insurance. The Cayman Islands Health Insurance Company (CINICO) was incorporated by government to provide benefits to several groups, including civil servants, government pensioners, low income residents, retired seamen or veterans, and residents denied coverage by other insurance companies due to health issues.

Last Updated: 2011-08-02