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The Department of Health functions as both the state regulatory agency and the territorial public health agency for the US Virgin Islands. As set forth by the Virgin Islands Code, Titles 3 and 19, the Department of Health (DOH) has direct responsibility for conducting programs of preventive medicine, including special programs in Maternal and Child Health, Family Planning, Environmental Sanitation, Mental Health, and Drug and Substance Abuse Prevention. The DOH also is responsible for health promotion and protection, regulation of healthcare providers and facilities, and policy development and planning, as well as maintaining the vital statistics for the population.

The DOH provides Emergency Medical Services, issues birth and death certificates, performs environmental health services, and conducts health research and surveys. The Department is also responsible for regulating and licensing health care providers and facilities, and assumes primary responsibility for the health of the community in the event of a disaster.

The Department employs providers and administrators from every aspect of healthcare, and manages several programs, both federal and local; to meet the needs of the community it serves. The department includes three healthcare facilities, two district offices and field offices, as well as the central office, located on St. Thomas.

Medical costs in the US Virgin Islands are very high and health insurance is essential. Medical facilities are of a similar standard to those in the United States.

The main facility in the US Virgin Islands is the Roy L. Schneider Hospital and Community Health Center on St. Thomas, which is comparable to a good community hospital in the US. Accredited by the Joint Commission, it includes a 24-hour emergency room and a decompression chamber for divers.

On St. Croix, the main facility is the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Health Center (6 Diamond Ruby, north of Sunny Isle Shopping Center on Rte. 79, Christiansted).

On St. John, the only provider of 24-hour health care is the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center, which is affiliated with Roy L. Schneider Hospital. Life-threatening medical problems will require air evacuation to a country with state-of-the-art medical facilities.

Most pharmacies in the US Virgin Islands are well-supplied.

Most medical insurance companies continue to provide benefits for those living on the US Virgin Islands.

 

 
 

 



 


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