We were involved in an emergency escort from Mauritius this month, a beautiful country rich in history and natural splendour, but how does it’s healthcare stack up and what do you need to know?

  • Population: 1.30 million
  • Best known for: Beautiful beaches, coral reefs and as being the only known habitat of the now extinct dodo bird
  • Cultural landscape:  The population of Mauritius is ethnically diverse, consisting of people of Indian, African, Chinese, and European descent. This diversity is reflected in the country’s culture. Hinduism is the primary religion in Mauritius with around 52% identifying as Hindu.
  • Language: Mauritian Creole is a French-based Creole and estimated to be spoken by around 90% of the population, while french is the language that tends to be used in education and media.
  • Tourism: It’s a travel hot spot that attracts thousands of tourists, with an estimated  1.3 million visitors in 2023.
  • Hospitals: Mauritius has five regional and two district hospitals. The Wellkin Hospital (previously known as Apollo Bramwell) is the largest hospital and is often used for expats and international travellers for comprehensive medical treatment.
  • Healthcare: There is a range of good private healthcare available but this can be expensive. Both private and state ambulance services are available, but the quality and response speed can vary. More complex cases may require evacuation to Réunion or South Africa.