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Health services and hospitals in the Cook Islands are adequate, for the population and level of local care required.
Serious injuries and health conditions may require airlifting to New Zealand. Be very careful with your travels here with regards to accident (particularly motor scooter incidents) &/or medical attention. Know what your options are before you depart for the Cook Islands in the unlikely scenario you will require A & E care.
It is highly recommended that all visitors to the Cook Islands carry adequate travel insurance to cover accident and medical emergency care; which may even require air-ambulance to New Zealand for specialist treatment. Ambulance drivers, Red Cross, disaster management personnel and airport crash rescuers are all continuously trained in basic first aid procedure. For cuts, stings, minor accidents, medical problems refer to the Outpatients clinic at Rarotonga hospital, or the respective outer islands hospitals. In any emergency situation dial 999. There is a cost to receive health treatment for all non-Cook Islanders and Permanent Residents. A new schedule of fees now requires non-resident/Cook Islands status to pay an amblulance callout cost of $800 regardless of the distance the ambulance travels.
Rarotonga also has an Outpatients clinic located beside the dental clinic near the old Rarotonga Hospital in Tupapa. there is a nurse and medical officer on duty from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday.