The healthcare system in the Dominican Republic

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The healthcare system in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the Caribbean. Here we provide a comprehensive breakdown of this system, and how you can ensure you are properly covered for every eventuality.

The Dominican Republic’s health care system is three-tiered. At the bottom, the poorest in society are guaranteed access to free, socialised care.

The reality however, is that most still end up paying out-of-pocket expenditures for medical supplies and various services. This can be explained by the fact that the government only devotes around 1% of GDP to health care, resulting in over half of all health expenses being funded by the people themselves.

Those who earn less than RD $4,000 per month are also covered automatically. This cover, however, only extends to the worker and not their family; though it does include maternity care for a spouse.

Those who do not fall into either of these categories must pay their own medical fees. You may work for a company which provides an iguala, which means medical cover at a private, local clinic at no additional cost. There are limitations however - if your clinic does not have the specialist you require, you’ll be forced to visit another clinic where you aren’t covered, thus incurring the costs yourself.

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