Mauritius has 8 public hospitals and some private clinics and hospitals too. All public hospitals, except the private ones and clinics, in Mauritius offer free medical treatments for its residents. It is advisable to visit your national health services and learn more about the existing social security agreements or conventions between Mauritius and your home country. It is further highly recommended to get a private health insurance before your departure. You can never know when you can need medical treatment for an accident or a severe illness. It is also advisable for students, who wish to have private or individual rooms when hospitalized, to take a healthcare insurance to cover for the expenses as these facilities, which are mostly provided in the private hospitals and clinics, are costly.