What is healthcare in Tunisia like?

Facilities and Health Information:

Medical care in Tunisia is adequate, with a number of new, private “polyclinics” available that function as simple hospitals and can provide a variety of procedures. Specialized care or treatment may not be available. Facilities that can handle complex trauma cases are virtually non-existent. While most private clinics have a few physicians who are fluent in English, the medical establishment uses French and all of the ancillary staff in every clinic communicates in Arabic and/or French. Public hospitals are overcrowded, under-equipped, and understaffed. In general, nursing care does not conform to U.S. standards.

Immediate ambulance service may not be available outside urban areas. Even in urban areas, emergency response times can be much longer than in the United States. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for healthcare services, although some hospitals may accept credit cards. Over-the-counter medications are available; however, travelers should bring with them a full supply of medications that are needed on a regular basis. The U.S. Embassy in Tunis maintains a list of doctors and medical practitioners (dentists, etc.) who can be contacted for assistance.

Drinking Water Source - % of rural population improved"

90.5%

Drinking Water Source - % of total population unimproved:

3.2%

Drinking Water Source - % of urban population improved:

100%

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:

0.07%

Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population:

2.1

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

2,400

Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population:

1.22

Sanitation Facility Access - % of total population unimproved:

9.6%

Sanitation Facility Access - % of urban population improved:

97.4%

Sanitation Facitlity Access - % of rural population improved:

76.6%

Disability Access In Tunisia

Accessibility:

While in Tunisia, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what you find in the United States. While Tunisia has realized much economic and social progress, it remains a developing country. Though the government has been generally progressive and forward-leaning on the rights of the disabled, there remains a significant gap between theory and practice. Budgetary constraints have so far precluded the uniform retro-fitting of public buildings to make them accessible to disabled citizens.

As of 1991, the Government of Tunisia has required that all new public buildings comply with building regulations and be accessible to persons with physical disabilities. The Government of Tunisia has only arbitrarily enforced this regulation and persons with disabilities still do not have access to many older buildings. The Government of Tunisia has issued cards to persons with disabilities for benefits such as unrestricted parking, priority medical services, preferential seating on public transportation, and consumer discounts, but these are not available to visitors.

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