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Expat Healthcare & Health Insurance in Quito, Ecuador

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An expat living in Quito, Ecuador offers advice about healthcare in Quito. She advises others to go to private hospitals for significant health issues and go to public clinics for only for the basics, i.e. colds and the flu. In her experience, the quality of medical care is good and the cost of healthcare in Ecuador (with health insurance) is much less than the US.

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Expat Healthcare Advice for Quito

Go to the best hospital instead of the government hospital. Use the private clinics for basic healthcare and pay out of pocket.

Emergency Medical Care in Quito

I am one block from a clinic, Clinica Primavera. Services there are fine (to see a doctor for a cold or flu). Three blocks away is a very good hospital, Los Valles. Both are private. I have been to the ER in Los Valles a couple of times. The cost was around $300 (once for stitches and once for back pain which included a MRI scan). The quality of care in both were great.

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Quality of Healthcare in Surrounding Area

I have gone to a specialist in Quito for back surgery. I had two surgeons for my back surgery. They were great. The language barrier can be the only issue but I had help from friends.

Prescription Medicines

Yes, common medicines are found at the pharmacies and are often available without prescriptions. Medicine is fairly cheap.

Expat Health Insurance in Ecuador

The cost of medical care if much cheaper than the United States. I had back surgery for $8,000 and I only had to pay $1,000 deductible.

Quality of Healthcare Compared to Home

[  ] Better
[  ] Somewhat Better
[  ] Same
[x] Somewhat Worse
[  ] Worse

Availability of Medical Care Compared to Home

[  ] Better
[x] Somewhat Better
[  ] Same
[  ] Somewhat Worse
[  ] Worse

Primary Method of Payment for Medical Care

[  ] International Health Insurance
[x] Insurance Purchased in the Country I Live Abroad In
[  ] Out of Pocket
[  ] Social Program (Medicare, Nationalized Health Insurance or Similar)
[  ] Other

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