Table 1

Health Care setting in Barbados

Public sector

Private Sector


Eight publicly funded polyclinics strategically located around the island

At least 89 private general practitioners in 2005. Mainly solo or small group practice


Free comprehensive primary care

Service provided for a fee


Several nurses at each clinic.

Usually no nurse


A dietician and podiatrist are available on specific days

Usually no dietician or podiatrist within the clinic


Medication for diabetes and hypertension provided at no cost to the patient

Medication for diabetes and hypertension provided at no cost to the patient in 2005


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