The Belau National Hospital is a modern, well-equipped, American style hospital, which is funded by the United States and located on the busy island of Koror; it is also the only hospital in Palau, although the hospital can be reached from most regions of the country within two hours.
The Belau National Hospital is the referral hospital for the entire population of Palau. It provides primary healthcare, emergency care, surgery, inpatient, paediatric and outpatient services. The hospital has basic diagnostic radiology equipment including CT scan, X-rays, and mammogramme. However, patients who require an MRI scan are referred overseas to Manilla where the equipment is readily available at private hospitals. There is also a small basic physiotherapy unit, decompression chamber for diving related accidents and a dialysis unit available. A pharmacy is present within the hospital, however medical supplies are limited and frequently out of stock.
International specialist doctors make regular temporary visits to Palau, and during the course of their visits offer consultations at the Belau National Hospital, which acts as the national hub for specialist treatment. The Ministry of Health provides information for future specialist visits and patients are generally required to obtain a referral from their general practitioner prior to making an appointment. Recently, the Tripler Army Medical Centre from Hawaii made a visit to the Belau National Hospital to offer adult cardiology services.
The hospital itself is situated on a stunning tropical island and is by the sea.
|Hospital type||District General Hospital|
|Local language||Palauan and English|
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