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Tunisia has, at least in the big cities, hospitals and equipment matching European levels. There are many physicians who have attended universities in Europe.

Especially "private hospitals" offer a quality similar to that in Europe, albeit at a higher price than in the public hospitals.

Most Europeans feel uneasy about the, compared to Europe, lower hygiene among doctors and in hospitals - but in reality, this is only a negligible risk. There is also the question of whether the hygiene in Tunisia really much too low, or the one in Europe is exaggeratedly high.

Tunisia has several high-quality (private) dialysis clinics, laser eye surgery and beauty clinics. The prices asked for treatment are significantly lower than the ones in most western countries.

Life expectancy in Tunisia is for men and women 70 years and more and is similar to some, but not all European countries. The infant mortality rate is very low in Tunisia.

When visiting a physician, the treatment price has to be paid immediately. Depending on the practice / hospital / specialty, such a treatment will be at 10-40 dinars (5-20 EUR/UKP, 7-25 USD), including simple methods (ECG, X-rays, etc.).

Dentists treatment is about the same price, with costs of be material (fillings, etc.) being added.

All physicians speak French and Arabic, most of them also English and and few German.
Over the counter medicines in pharmacies must be paid in cash. Compared to high price countries, like Germany, the prices of drugs are lower and some can even be bought without prescriptions (eg. antibiotics, contraceptives).

Special and expensive drugs (eg. cancer medication) might not be available in Tunisia and should therefore brought, as well as medication of certain brands.

Since the summer of 2012, however, it is reported that at times even common medicines (eg, antibiotics, contraceptives) are no longer available in the pharmacies.
There are several reasons being mentioned, such as import bans for certain manufacturers, lack of foreign currency to purchase drugs and lack of proper distribution within Tunisia.

Generally, the consumption of tap water in major cities and tourist zones of Tunisia is safe, ones gets even used to the high chlorine content (in Tunisia, fluorine is also added to tap water).

Only in very rare cases there is illness because of drinking tap water.

In the fall of 2012, an infestation of some drinking water reservoir in the region of Djerba was reported - as a result there were Mosquitoes, worms and tadpoles in the drinking water.

In general, the quality of water supply throughout Tunisia has deteriorated in the years 2011-2013 - in the summer of 2012, an interruption of water supply occured in various parts of Tunisia (not in the tourist areas, though).

We do not expect that the situation will improve in the near to middle future.

For a typical tourist stay, no special vaccination is required - and even for long-term travelers, who mainly stay in the tourist zones, vaccination is usually not necessary.
However, there is, in Tunisia, always the danger of catching Hepatitis A and B, Malaria, Tetanus, Meningitis (ticks) and various disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, depending on where one is staying, what activities one takes and how and what food is being consumed - so, for vaccination, some serious considerations have to be taken on an individual risk base.

In the country, there is also the danger of snake bites and scorpion stings (sometimes fatal!), in the tourist zones on the other hand, it is highly unlikely to even come across one of these animals.

The most frequent "tourist disease" is an upset stomach, which, in most cases, is the result of  drinking cold drinks (although tourists tend to think about other reasons) - as a guideline, during the summer, one should not drink anything that is colder than 10-15 degrees centigrade (50-55 degrees F).

In addition, one should abstain from consuming unconserved (unpreserved, fresh) products that are made from eggs (eg. mayonnaise).

Some forms of conservation (preservation) of food might upset western stomaches as well, namely canned milk, cocoa drinks, pickled vegetables and generally canned food

Finally, the pepper sauce "Harissa", which is used in almost all dishes in Tunisia, can cause stomach problems - it should only be used sparingly or not at all (which is rarely possible...).
Actually, Tunisians have the same stomach problems as Europeans, but for them, it is considered being "normal".

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