Healthcare

If you require urgent medical assistance, the number to ring for First Responders/ Emergency Services in the Cayman Islands is 911. See our Accident and Emergency page for more information.

In this section we provide useful and comprehensive information on doctors in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac on our General & Family Doctors and Medical Specialists pages as well as outlining Health Insurance options and everything you need to know about Having a Baby in Cayman.

Cayman has 3 fully equipped hospitals, 24 healthcare practices with over 100 physicians, over 100 private healthcare facilities (including pharmacies, laboratories, physician clinics and therapy clinics), and numerous private specialists.

The Island has achieved technologically-enhanced excellence in cardiac surgery, chemotherapy, hospice care, orthopaedics and in-home nursing. It has a forensic laboratory that has received the highest level of international acclaim possible for its toxicology testing, advanced radiology services, computerised tomography (CTs), “no squeeze” digital mammograms, a 3.0 Tesla MRI machine, 3D and 4D ultrasounds, echocardiography, and GI endoscopy.

2018 brought even more firsts for the health and wellness community across the public and private sectors. The Health Services Authority (HSA) performed Cayman’s first-ever laparoscopic surgery on a three-week-old baby, hired their first full-time oncologist and invested in a $500,000 3D mammography machine. In the private sector, three stem cell treatment-focused centres opened, Health City won three awards from America’s largest healthcare conference, one of which was for providing high-quality healthcare based on US parameters while still reducing costs. Not an easy feat in the Cayman Islands where the cost of living is so high. They also announced plans of expansion to build a triage intensive care unit.

Given the broad variety of services available, Cayman can provide quality care for most medical situations. However, healthcare and medications are costly, so it is essential that you either have a health insurance policy that covers travel if you are visiting, or health insurance coverage if you are a resident. With local life expectancy continuing to climb, child vaccination rates hovering over 90%, and 94% of the population covered by Health Insurance, the partnership of public, private and non-profit entities in the field of healthcare continues to be of benefit to all groups within the population.

Premature babies, people visiting specialists or having complicated surgery, as well as those injured in a severe accident, are often airlifted off-Island for treatment. See our Overseas Hospitals section for more information.

Healthcare Services & Hospitals

While Cayman has great fully equipped hospitals and top rated healthcare, certain medical conditions are still better treated overseas – keep reading to review the local hospital and healthcare options and some overseas hospitals that we recommend.

General & Family Doctors

Unlike the UK and other countries, there is no need to formally register with a doctor when you arrive in Cayman. When you need to see a doctor, you can arrange a visit directly. Both private and public, general and family practitioners are listed first, followed by private and public specialists.

For private and public specialists please see our Medical Specialists section. Other practitioners can also be found at the Government’s district clinics.

Dental Care

The level of dental care available in Cayman is sophisticated enough to minimise the need to travel overseas for specialist treatment. There is a wide selection of dentists practising in the Cayman Islands. Pain management treatment combined with orthodontics is available on-Island to treat headaches and jaw-related pain.

Eye Care

We are fortunate to benefit from a wide range of eye care in the Cayman Islands from some excellent optometrists and Ophthalmologists.

Allied Health

In this section we give detailed information on Allied Health care providers in the Cayman Islands. We describe each of the allied health professionals on Grand Cayman in order of their chosen field. This is the easiest, most accurate and up to date place to find any allied health related information!

Health Insurance

Every resident of the Cayman Islands is required, by law, to have an active health insurance policy in place. Employers are mandated, at the very minimum, to provide a Standard Health Insurance Contract (SHIC) plan for their employees from the first day of employment, regardless of the type or length of their work permit.

Having a Baby in Cayman

If there is the slightest possibility that you or your spouse might be having a baby during your period of employment in Cayman, it is essential that you read this section. In this section we describe in detail what is involved in having a baby in the Cayman Islands: we give an overview of the general environment, we list all the OB/GYNs, paediatricians, pre and post natal classes, etc.