The Cayman Islands has long been known for its natural beauty as a tourist destination, but its proximity to the US and recent influx of medical investments have made it increasingly attractive to American medical tourists.
In 2014, internationally renowned heart surgeon, Dr. Devi Shetty and two major healthcare organizations, Narayana Health in India and Ascension Health in the US (the US’s largest nonprofit health system), founded Health City Cayman Islands.
Health City Cayman Islands is JCI-accredited and the first advanced medical facility and tertiary care hospital in the Cayman Islands. It is the largest hospital in the Caribbean to receive JCI accreditation to date.
To date, the hospital has treated more than 14,000 patients from the Caribbean, Latin America, the US and Canada.
Up to 80%.
You can call your wireless operator and ask for “international roaming” to be activated on your account, though this may be a pricier option. Another option is a prepaid Cayman Islands SIM card that can be used with an unlocked cell phone. Cell reception tends to be very good on Grand Cayman, though less so on the other islands. You can also rent or buy a cell phone from local providers once you get there. Rentals are about CI$5 per day, plus the cost of a calling card. International per-minute rates are around CI35¢ to CI60¢.
American citizens do not need a visa, just a valid passport. Canadian citizens must present proof of citizenships, i.e. a passport or birth certificate plus driver’s license. Tourists and business visitors can stay in the Cayman Islands for up to 6 months. For longer stays, visitors must show the entry officer either their return ticket or a recent bank statement demonstrating sufficient funds to support themselves.
The official currency of the Cayman Islands is the Cayman Islands dollar, which is permanently fixed at an exchange rate of 0.80 KYD to 1 USD. ATMS are plentiful on Grand Cayman, though less so on the other islands. US dollars are also accepted, but change will be given in KYD. Most businesses accept major US credit cards (Visa, MasterCard).
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If you are having surgery outside of the country, your home country insurance is unlikely to cover a edical complication. As a result, we advise that you purchase a complication insurance policy, which is specifically designed to cover individuals who are traveling internationally for medical treatment.
Here are the two companies we have found to provide reliable services:
We have written a comprehensive overview comparing the pros and cons of both companies that you can view here.
It may be wise to purchase travel health insurance when you travel internationally, as your home country insurance may not completely cover medical expenses incurred while abroad.
Here are some options that MedRepublic clients have used in the past:
This is a short-term international travel medical plan for trips of up to 6 months. There are two different plans offered based on whether or not clients already have primary insurance domestically. You can choose from their network of providers across 180 different countries. For more information on what is covered, click here.
This is a short-term international travel medical plan for trips of 5 to 45 days. There are no country restrictions and you have the freedom to choose any doctor or hospital. There is also optional hazardous sports and scuba diving coverage. For more information on what is covered, click here.