Cayman has 3 fully equipped hospitals, 26 healthcare practices with over 400 registered practitioners, almost 200 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.
2019 brought with it more major developments for the health and wellness community across the public and private sectors. In the public sphere, the Government announced a new healthcare facility that will open in Bodden Town in 2021. Additionally, the Health Services Authority (HSA) had two major firsts: a ground-breaking meniscus transplant surgery on a local patient (the first of its kind in the region) and the Island’s first 3D Stereotactic Vacuum Assisted Breast Biopsy.
In the private sector, Health City opened an expanded intensive care unit that meets the global standards of a Level 3 trauma centre, and also announced plans to open the region’s only multi-million dollar cancer centre. The hospital also debuted a prototype of a healthcare App (described as a medical WhatsApp) that will have the potential to revolutionise healthcare service delivery for patients across the region by providing a secure platform for medical records to be instantly shared between hospital staff, real-time monitoring for various bodily stats, and a way for patients to have access to their medical records and scans at all times. Cayman also saw the opening of its first fertility centre, Cayman IVF, built to facilitate positive outcomes for patients across the Cayman Islands, USA and the northern Caribbean.
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 community.
Premature babies, people visiting specialists or having complicated surgery, as well as those injured in a severe accident, are often airlifted off-Island to overseas hospitals for treatment.