Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

Road conditions are terrible, so car accidents are a daily concern. Guyana also has the full spectrum of tropical and mosquito/tick-borne diseases (although Georgetown itself is malaria free, so you don’t need daily meds unless you're traveling to the interior). Hospitals in Georgetown lack modern technology and training, and medical facilities are extremely limited. If you suffer anything worse than a routine stomach bug or cold virus, you’ll need to medevac to Miami for adequate care. Dentists are also few and far between, so best to take care of any root canals or orthodontia in the United States during your R&R. - Aug 2019


Medical care is what you would expect in a developing country. - Sep 2016


THe medical care is deplorable. There is one private hospital that is good and you can pay extra to have an appointment and not wait in the line. Most of the hospitals lack real sanitation and modern facilities. - Apr 2014


There definitely are concerns. The main reason for that is that the quality of medical care is much, much lower than that available in the U.S. - Nov 2013


This is a concern. Medical care is extremely limited and both types of dengue fever have been an issue for some of the members of the expat community in the past. Parents of small children and pregnant women should be aware of this before coming. - May 2012


Health care is a major concern here. The hospital the embassy uses is very old and out-dated. There is a newer private hospital in town and more staff are going there, as it seems to be cleaner and more modern. All prescription meds should be brought with you or shipped in. Water is provided through a home distiller, so is not fluoridated -- the embassy provides fluoride pills for kids. Malaria pills are not required in town. Our family has good health overall, but the few times we have had to go to a local doctor, I have not had good experiences: the pharmacy didn't have the medicine my child needed in the proper strength or it was not refrigerated as it was supposed to be. - Mar 2012


YES! This is the poorest healthcare I've ever seen in my life. ZERO health standards. All the hospitals are dilapidated. the only one that is relatively modern is still comparative to a US inner-city free health clinic. There are 2 ambulances in the whole country, none of which are well equipped for first response. You are 16 times more likely to die of a car accident here than in the US. PLEASE put some serious thought into bringing your family to Georgetown, especially young children. We have people who have lived in Africa who say the healthcare situation was better in Africa than here! SERIOUSLY this is no joke. You have been warned. - Feb 2012


Medical care is not the greatest. Health concerns are dengue fever and malaria, mostly when outside of Georgetown. - Feb 2010


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