|Medical Facilities and Health Information||
Health care facilities in Samoa are adequate for routine medical treatment but are limited in range and availability. Complex illnesses and life-threatening emergencies, as well as related laboratory work, generally need to be treated elsewhere. Serious medical conditions and treatments that require hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost thousands of dollars. You should have emergency evacuation insurance before you travel abroad.
The national hospital is located in Apia, and there are several small district hospitals on Savai'i and in outlying areas of Upolu. Dental facilities do not meet U.S. standards, but good dental treatment and some emergency medical care is available at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. Pharmacies may not carry prescription or over-the-counter medicines, or the medicines may be of a different quality than those available in the United States.
There are no hyperbaric chambers on any of the islands for the treatment of scuba diving-related injuries. Serious cases of decompression sickness are evacuated to the nearest treatment center in Suva, Fiji, or Auckland, New Zealand.
|Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved||98.8%|
|Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved||1.5%|
|Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved||97.4%|
|Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population||1|
|Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population||.48|
|Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved||8.4%|
|Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved||93.3%|
|Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved||91.1%|
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