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Trinidad and Tobago - Healthcare and Medical Treatment
There are a number of hospitals on both islands as well as several health clinics. There is no need to make an appointment to use the health facilities, as they are all walk-in centres, with the exception of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, for which you need a referral from another health facility, unless you are in need of accident and emergency care.
There are a number of illnesses for which medications are provided free of charge to citizens. These include diabetes, asthma, heart conditions, arthritis, glaucoma, depression, blood pressure problems, epilepsy and conditions of the thyroid. If you have a medical condition which requires continuous medication then it is a good idea to check with the Ministry of Health in advance to see if your condition is covered or if you would be expected to pay for your own medication as an expat.
Most medications which are frequently used in the western world are available from pharmacies on the island, though it is a good idea to check in advance if you require something specific. It may be that a medication available over the counter in your home country is only available on prescription in Trinidad and Tobago, or your particular medication is not available at all. If this is the case you will need to work out suitable alternatives with your doctor.
There are also private medical facilities on both islands. To use these you would need to arrange private medical insurance on the islands, but the public health facilities are more than adequate for most conditions.
In case of an emergency or for immediate assistance you can dial 811 for the ambulance hotline which will transport sick or injured parties to any of the nation's health facilities. The website of the Ministry of Health offers advice on how to stay healthy in the country's warm climate, as well as advising on safe drinking water and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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