Healthcare and medical care
In Tunisia, especially in the biggest cities and in the tourist centres, many hospitals are of an international standard. In general, medical care is of better quality and more available in Tunis and other big cities in comparison to the rural area. Public healthcare is mostly functional in the larger cities, but often suffers from lack of resources.
There are several private clinics in the capital of Tunisia and its tourism centres that are of an international standard. Private clinics operate in a similar manner to hospitals and can perform several different operations. The range of special healthcare services may be limited. The international clinics have English-speaking doctors, but the rest of the personnel often speak only Arabian or French, especially in public healthcare. Ambulance services are limited outside of the cities.
In Sousse, some hotels have their own doctors who perform house calls when necessary. The private clinic of Les Oliviers in Sousse, for example, is on call 24 hours a day. The private clinic Polyclinique Hammamet operates in Hammamet.
More information concerning the prices of public healthcare is available in French on the website of the Tunisian Ministry of Health. You should confirm the prices again on site.
Medical costs can often end up being high. Thus, travellers to Tunisia should purchase a comprehensive travel insurance. However, healthcare service providers will often require advance payment in cash. Most locations will not accept promissory notes from Finnish insurance companies and only some locations will accept credit cards.
If you are health insured in Finland, and have received treatment in some other country than an EU or EEA country or Switzerland on account of a sudden illness, worsening of a chronic condition, pregnancy or childbirth, you can apply for reimbursement from Kela retrospectively. You are entitled for the same reimbursement that you would have received if you had been treated in the private healthcare system in Finland. Please note that the reimbursement usually covers only a small part of the costs of the treatment. Thus, taking out a comprehensive travel insurance is recommended.
Pharmacies are widely available in Tunisia, and they are often open until late. Contact information for the pharmacy on duty can usually be found on the doors or windows of pharmacies.