Being admitted to hospital in Papua New Guinea
Hospital-based care is only available through one government institution in Port Moresby.
Hospitals and doctors may require payment “up front” prior to service or admission, and credit card payment is not always available. Patients bear all costs for transfer to or between hospitals.
Generally, in public hospitals, only minimal staff is available overnight. Consider hiring a private nurse or having family spend the night with the patient, especially a minor child.
Private hospitals usually require advance payment or proof of adequate insurance before admitting a patient.
For emergency services in Papua New Guinea, dial 111 to reach St. John Ambulance Service.
Ambulance services are:
- Not present throughout the country or are unreliable in most areas except for Port Moresby and other major urban areas.
- Not equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment.
- Not always staffed with trained paramedics and/ or may have little or no medical equipment.
Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a private vehicle to the nearest major hospital rather than wait for an ambulance.