Country Guide
Health Insurance in Namibia


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Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has become known as one of Africa's more stable and appealing destinations.

Previously known as South West Africa, it has been ruled by both German colonisers and the South Africa Government (Acting on behalf of the British Empire) primarily due to its rich diamond supplies. It now however exists with a democratically elected president and cabinet.

The country is the 34th largest in the world but is very sparsely populated with approximately 2.3 million people. The north of the country is home to the majority of the population with the capital city, Windhoek, more or less central to the country.

Anyone moving to Namibia can expect an extremely rich experience, and can look forward to learning about Namibia's diverse culture from years of different influences as well as enjoying some of the world’s most breath taking geographical locations.

           
           
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Quality of Healthcare in Namibia

Namibia does have a better healthcare infrastructure than most other countries in Africa, with the majority of facilities located in the capital Windhoek. The standard of healthcare in the country could be described as adequate, with standards varying greatly between practices.

The level of care available in private facilities is generally far superior to those available publicly; however the private sector is considerably smaller. The private sector is growing quickly and anyone traveling to Namibia should seriously consider what level of cover they need, should anything go wrong. We would always recommend taking out an international health insurance policy.

Unfortunately the country does suffer from the HIV/AID, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics like the rest of Africa, however this has been acknowledged as a priority by the Namibian government.