Our guide to healthcare in Bahrain for expats

Essential information on getting coverage in the Kingdom

Our guide to healthcare in Bahrain for expats

Bahrain provides free treatment to all its citizens, and, as of January 2019, all employers must provide health insurance for their foreign workers.

This means that all expats will be able to access healthcare at a subsidised rate. You can also enrol in private healthcare which will make specialised treatments easier to access and cheaper when you need it.

Primary healthcare
Once you have your CPR card, you will be assigned a local health centre based on your address. There are 25 health centres and three health clinics across the Kingdom, and you can find a full list on moh.gov.bh.

At these centres you can access a whole range of services such as ultrasounds, vaccines, minor surgeries, and mental health care.

Each visit to the health centre will cost expats BHD7 and will cover everything involved, such as blood tests and x-rays. You can book appointments at these centres online.

Secondary health care
If you need to see a specialist, a doctor at the health centre will refer you to one. This is the only way to get an appointment at a hospital (with the exception of emergency care).

The main hospital in Bahrain is the Salmaniya Medical Complex in Manama, which has an accident and emergency department. There is also a psychiatric hospital and a maternity hospital which you may be referred to.

Treatment at public hospitals is free for Bahrainis, and heavily subsidised at private ones – citizens will only be liable to pay up to 40 percent of the cost. Expats will be charged for some treatments, as will tourists, but part, or all, of the price may be covered by health insurance provided by their employer.

Health insurance
Although your employer will provide you with some health coverage, it is advisable to get your own to ensure you can access private hospitals across Bahrain and get the quickest treatment. You can choose a local provider, or choose a global brand like BUPA or AXA.

Dental treatment can be quite expensive in Bahrain, so make sure you check whether or not it is covered in your plan.

As always – read through everything, and make sure you compare lots of plans before making your decision.

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