Barbados emerging as medical tourism destination


The thought of the Caribbean brings to mind fun, beach parties and gentle breezes drifting across the white sands. Thanks to a history of influences through the British and neighbouring Africa, it a blends cordiality and efficiency, inducing a feeling of relaxation and peace within all those who visit. This also happens to be a medical destination, which has earned a reputation as being the most modern of facilities in the Eastern Caribbean offering a dialysis centre, facilities for open-heart surgeries and a decompression chamber.

The climate and atmosphere are ideal for a recovery vacation where you can choose between the calm seas off the west coast or the more active and choppy waters off the eastern seafront. Activities are available to suit the most discerning and range from wine tasting to shopping and wild life parks.

It has recently been gaining in popularity for its fertility, cardiology and cosmetic surgery where for a treatment for fertility can save the patient nearly $4,000 and this includes a two-week long holiday!

Many hospitals and clinics in Barbados are JCI accredited, while private bodies require registration with Barbados Medical Council. The Government also controls the Barbados Drug Service that ensures the monitoring and distribution of the essential drugs and their importation.

What else

Though not as popular as the mainstream treatments, Barbados also has the facilities to provide medical services in the following areas:-

  • Anti Aging
  • Ayurveda
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss)
  • Cancer Treatments (Oncology)
  • Cardiology
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery
  • Dental
  • Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT)
  • Eye Surgery (Ophthalmology)
  • Fertility Treatment
  • Holistic and Alternative Medicine
  • Medical & Wellness Spa
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Orthopaedics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Skin Care (Dermatology)
  • Stem Cell Therapy 

Getting there

The travel arrangements are simple and speedy paving the way for a peaceful time for the patient in the time of stress and anxiety. The currency (Barbados Dollar) is stable and therefore savings can be estimated accurately. This makes it the ideal destination for non-emergency procedures, which are usually combined with a period of rest and recuperation in the gentle climes and surrounding. The records reflect that most of the visitors to this small nation are from the Americas, Europe and the UK.