Guide to Health Insurance in Bahrain

If you are relocating to Bahrain or planning on updating to a new international health insurance provider, it is definitely in your interests to understand the state of the health system and to know what insurance provisions are available.


The small island nation of Bahrain has a current population is 1,323,500, and citizens within the country have a life expectancy of 76 for males and 80 for females, which greatly increased alongside Bahrain's healthcare system during the latter twentieth century. Bahrain's healthcare system was placed 42nd in the 2000 World Health Organization Report.

Healthcare facilities

Bahrain's small population and steady development bode well for public healthcare, with good facilities, little crowding and short waiting times. Doctors in the area are as qualified as anywhere else you would expect in the developed world. Bahrain now offers its nationals highly subsidised public healthcare options, meaning that all citizens have access to care which is paid for by the government, alongside private and semi-private healthcare.

The best hospital in Bahrain is the Salmaniya Hospital in Manama, which includes world-class facilities and services. The Bahrain Health Island is a large health development, and will likely increase the overall quality of Bahrain's healthcare system even further.

Travellers to Bahrain can receive treatment under the public healthcare system if a Population Registration Card is obtained. Even with this card however, no treatment – emergency, non-emergency, preventative or otherwise – is free for foreign nationals. While the standard of public and private hospitals and health facilities is very good, specialist care is often unavailable and evacuations are required for certain cases. This makes it important to take out comprehensive health insurance which includes evacuation as a part of the policy. The majority of expatriates take out private medical insurance and use private medical facilities.

Before you go

You must contact your medial practitioner roughly eight weeks before you leave for any possible vaccinations and preventatives. Possible vaccine requirements include Hepatitis A and B. Hepatitis B is of intermediate endemicity and you should be vaccinated for it. There is no risk of Yellow Fever but you do require a certificate of vaccination for it upon entry. Always take the necessary precautions.

Next steps

Receive a quote for a WorldCare plan to cover your stay in Bahrain. WorldCare gives you access to treatment anywhere in the world, and you can get covered instantly and manage your plan with a secure online platform for speed and convenience.

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