Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Quito, Ecuador
Last updated on Sep 05, 2022
Summary: Expats in Quito, Ecuador have a lot of advice for newcomers about health insurance and the quality of healthcare in Quito. Some foreigners obtain private expat health insurance while others prefer to use the public healthcare system. If you're moving to Quito, this article will help you arrive informed about what to expect in terms of healthcare.
How are healthcare services Quito?
When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Quito, they replied:
"Go to the best hospital instead of the government hospital. Use the private clinics for basic healthcare and pay out of pocket," commented one expat living in Quito, Ecuador.
"My health insurance is with IESS and I've been completely satisfied with the care I've received. I have high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease. When the doctors at the IESS hospital learned this they ordered a complete lipid profile, an EKG, treadmill stress test and echocardiogram and placed me on a statin drug for my cholesterol and a drug for high blood pressure," mentioned another expat living in Quito.
"Most doctors don't have insurance for malpractice so if you are unhappy, tough luck. There is no medical body to appeal to," said an expat in Quito.
Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Quito?If you live in Quito, newcomers to Quito would love to hear your answer to this question:
"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," commented one expat living in Quito, Ecuador.
What are emergency services like in Quito?
When we asked about emergency services, members in Quito wrote:
"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," commented one expat who moved to Quito.
Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
"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," added another expat.
Are common prescription medications available in Quito?
"Yes, common medicines are found at the pharmacies and are often available without prescriptions. Medicine is fairly cheap," remarked another expat in Quito.
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
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