Medical Information

Medical care in larger towns is excellent, with hospitals offering exceptional care. For Canadians, it is actually a pleasant surprise as there are no long waits and the medical staff are as well trained as Canadian and American medical professionals.

English speaking physicians are knowledgeable and are able to service your medical needs. For emergency medical care, or health problems that require a hospital, in Puerto Plata area there are two very well equipped private clinics.

Hospitals and Medical Centres

1. Cabarete Medical Centare:

The CMC is a brand new hospital that opened in 2009. This first class facility has specialist from all over the world, as well as state of the art hospital facility and diagnostic services. It is located just outside Sosua. Ambulance service is also part of this facility.

Cabarete Medical Center
Carretera Sosua-Cabarete Km 1,
Sosua, Dominican Republic
Phone  – 1 (809) 571 4696
Emergency – 1 (809) 571 4038

2. Centro Medico Bournigal:

Bournigal has an excellent reputation. This facility services the major resorts of the area as well as those living in Puerto Plata, Sosua, and Cabarete. Care is on par with any hospital in Canada or the US, with doctors and specialists who have mostly trained abroad.

Puerto Plata
Centro Médico Bournigal, Antera Mota Street, Puerto Plata.
Phone – 1 (809) 586 2342 or 1 809 586 4140
Fax – 1 (809) 586 6104

Many people actually travel to the DR for medical treatment that is either expensive or may have a long waiting list in their home countries. Many Canadians comment that they would rather receive health care at Bournigal than at home as the care is better!

Most people who do not live here all year purchase travel medical insurance in their home countries. For those wishing to relocate, there are excellent health care plans in the DR that cost about $45/month US per person. These plans cover all major medical, prescriptions, and dental.

A private nationwide ambulance service, “Movi-med,” operates in Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata and La Romana; its telephone number is 532-0000 in Santo Domingo and 1-200-0911 outside Santo Domingo. “Movi-med” expects full payment at the time of transport. In Cabarete and Sosúa area, the Servi-Med centre can help with emergency medical assistance and is available 24 hours a day.

Emergency Contact Details:
Sosúa / Cabarete
Servi-Med – Phone –  1 (809) 571 2903


The primary language of instruction in public schools in the Dominican Republic is Spanish. There are generally not enough teachers, facilities or funding to meet the demands of an unusually large Dominican school age population. Many private and religious schools supplement the state-financed schools. Children aged 7 to 14 years are required to attend, and almost every large community has elementary and secondary schools. The University of Santo Domingo is the oldest university in the Americas; it was founded in 1538.

English Speaking Schools:

Instruction in foreign languages is available in Dominican schools for children of all ages.

For most expats with school aged children, they place their kids in one of several local international schools in the Sosua/Cabarete area. These schools follow an American or Canadian curriculum, are accredited, and offer the same level of education children receive in North America.

Tuition fees for students vary from school to school, the maximum being $7,000US per academic year. As a general rule the older the child, the higher the fees. There may be additional charges for school lunches, uniforms and school books and materials.

Reference Material: Casa Linda Residencial

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