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Bahamas - Apply for MedCard

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This procedure provides you information about how to apply for a MedCard in The Bahamas.


Persons with insufficient means to follow through with medical treatment recommended by a physician.

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e.g. The state office holds birth records since January 1908.

Required Information

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


  1. The applicant visits the Health Social Services (HSS) Division of the Department of Social Services/Princess Margaret Hospital(PMH) and makes a request.
  2. An interview is conducted with the applicant.
  3. A financial needs assessment is then conducted.
  4. Based on the outcome of the assessment, a recommendation is made either to receive a MedCard or receive financial assistance.

Note: Family Island Social Services Office may assess and refer clients; however, MedCard is only issued from the HSS/PMH Office.

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Required Documents

  • A requisition and letter of referral from the attending physician at Princess Margaret Hospital.
  • Copy of the prescription.
  • Government issued photo identification (e.g. valid passport, driver’s licence, voter’s card).


There are no fees associated with this service.


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e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use

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Sample Documents

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Processing Time

MedCard – same day
Financial Assistance: 7-14 days on average
Emergency financial assistance: 2-3 days

Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of Social Services & Community Development
P.O. Box N- 3206
Aventura Plaza
J.F.K. & Bethel Ave.
Nassau, New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 323-7814/5
Fax: (242) 325-1920

Department of Social Services
P.O. Box: 1545
Clarence Bain Building
Thompson Boulevard
New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 326-0451/326-0526
Fax: (242) 323-8672

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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