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Am I entitled to free treatment?

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital provides free hospital treatment to citizens and permanent residents of Barbados. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of Barbados, you may be required to pay for your hospital treatment. The Board of Management of the QEH has a statutory obligation to identify patients who are not entitled to free treatment and to charge them for the treatment they receive.

We will always provide treatment that is immediately necessary or urgent but we reserve the right not to provide treatment that, in the opinion of a clinician, is not immediately necessary or urgent. To establish your eligibility you may be asked questions about your residential status. This can apply to any patient regardless of nationality or if you’ve paid taxes in the past.

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