Health coverage in Mauritius

The demands of the many tourists who visit Mauritius every year have contributed to the progress of the country's health system, which is now relatively developed. So much so that it is now one of the world's leading destinations for medical tourism! Its private health facilities are, however, rather expensive compared to the local standard of living, and some complex treatments sometimes require crossing the Indian Ocean to neighbouring Reunion.

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Health insurance for expats in Mauritius

The health insurance system in Mauritius
 

Healthcare is free for all nationals and residents of Mauritius, as long as it is provided in the country's public facilities. As a result, these centres are often saturated by demand, and sometimes unequally equipped from one region of the island to another. 

This is why a large proportion of the population prefers to turn to the private health sector, the cost of which is, however, entirely at their expense. With an excellent international reputation, and attracting foreign patients from surrounding countries, they guarantee better hotel comfort and often faster treatment. 


How to choose health insurance in Mauritius: local or international?
 

In this context, both nationals and foreign residents often take out additional health insurance to cover their care in the private sector. The local offer operates either on the basis of reimbursement of the costs incurred or on the basis of third-party payment in the case of care provided in the network of establishments affiliated to each insurer. 
 
In comparison, the choice of an international health insurance offers certain advantages: the possibility of choosing the healthcare facility, of benefiting from third-party payment in the event of hospitalisation, but also of services specifically dedicated to expats. For example, the free telemedicine service, which allows expats to obtain a diagnosis or a second medical opinion from a professional who speaks their native language. Or even medical transfers to another country, in this case to the French department of Reunion Island, which is recommended for complex or highly specialised care needs.

The cost of healthcare in Mauritius: some examples from the private sector

Liste exemple remboursements

GP CONSULTATION

A visit to the doctor will cost you MUR 2,300 (€46)

APRIL International up to 46 €*

Out-of-pocket expenses 0€**

SPECIALIST CONSULTATION

For a specialist doctor, it will cost MUR 3,400 (€68)

APRIL International up to 68 €*

Out-of-pocket expenses 0€**

HOSPITALISATION - MATERNITY

A natural delivery without complications costs on average MUR 40,000 (€800)

APRIL International up to 800 €*

Out-of-pocket expenses 0€**

Disclaimer

Examples of average costs of care in the private health sector - APRIL International data 01/2022

 

* Example of reimbursement with MyHealth International - Comfort

** Example of the amount to be paid by the insured after reimbursement

Care in Mauritius

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Choosing hospitals
 

There are many health facilities in Mauritius. In addition to the 5 regional public hospitals, there are 3 district hospitals and a network of regional and community health centres throughout the island. The network of pharmacies also extends to rural areas.

Private clinics offer technological facilities often more advanced than in the public sector, and cover a wide range of medical specialities. The best known are the Clinique du Nord in Baie du Tombeau, the Fortis Darne clinic in Grand Baie, and Wellkin Fortis in Moka.

If necessary, the Reunion Island's health centres, including the CHU Félix Guyon in Saint-Denis and its southern sites in Saint-Pierre, Saint-Joseph, and Cilaos, have high-performance technical platforms.

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FLEXIBLE PROTECTION
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Reimbursement of health expenses from the first euro/dollar, including in private hospitals
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TRAVEL WITH PEACE OF MIND
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Coverage in Mauritius, or even in other countries
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OPTICAL & DENTAL CARE
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Reimbursement of optical and dental care (option)
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UNLIMITED TELEMEDICINE SERVICE
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A free medical telemedicine service available 24/7 anywhere in the world
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MEDICAL TRANSPORT
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Repatriation assistance included in your benefits
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DIRECT BILLING
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In the event of hospitalisation, you pay nothing out of pocket

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