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Top Hospitals in Guatemala by Specialty

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: If you're moving to Guatemala or recently arrived, it's important to know about the country's top hospitals for specific medical conditions. Here's a primer.

Guatemala offers a range of healthcare options for expats, international retirees, and digital nomads, with a mix of public and private hospitals. Public hospitals provide affordable care but may face challenges such as overcrowding and limited resources. Private hospitals, on the other hand, offer higher quality services with more modern facilities and equipment, and are generally preferred by expats and those who can afford private health insurance or out-of-pocket payments. While Guatemala has competent healthcare professionals and facilities for common medical conditions, some specialized treatments and surgeries may not be as advanced as in North America or Europe. For complex medical issues, some expats and travelers might choose to return to their home countries for treatment. However, for a range of conditions, there are top hospitals in Guatemala that provide excellent care.

Top Hospitals in Guatemala for Heart Surgery and Chronic Heart Conditions

The Centro Médico and Hospital Herrera Llerandi in Guatemala City are highly regarded for their cardiology departments and heart surgery facilities. These hospitals are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and staffed by skilled heart specialists who can manage complex cardiac conditions. They offer services such as angioplasty, bypass surgery, and treatment for chronic heart diseases.

Best Hospitals for Cancer Care in Guatemala

For cancer treatment, the Oncology Institute of Hope (Instituto de Cancerología y Hospital de Oncología) in Guatemala City is a specialized center that provides comprehensive cancer care, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Another notable facility is the DIME (Diagnóstico Médico Especializado) which offers advanced diagnostic services and treatment options for various types of cancer.

Leading Hospitals with Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Hospital Roosevelt, located in Guatemala City, has one of the best neonatal intensive care units in the country, offering high-level care for premature and critically ill newborns. Additionally, the Centro Médico is known for its excellent neonatology services and state-of-the-art NICU facilities.

Top Hospitals in Guatemala for Diabetes Management

The Endocrinology and Diabetes Hospital (Hospital de Endocrinología y Diabetes) in Guatemala City specializes in the treatment and management of diabetes. They provide comprehensive services including education, nutrition counseling, and advanced treatment options for patients with diabetes.

Best Hospitals for Kidney Treatment and Care

For kidney-related issues, the Unidad Nacional de Atención al Enfermo Renal Crónico (UNAERC) offers specialized care for chronic kidney disease and dialysis. It is a reference center for nephrology in the country, located in Guatemala City.

Top Hospitals in Guatemala for Neurology

The Neurological Center of Guatemala (Centro Neurológico de Guatemala) in Guatemala City is a specialized institution that provides comprehensive care for neurological conditions, including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease. They are equipped with advanced diagnostic tools such as MRI and CT scans.

Best Hospitals for Stroke Treatment

Stroke patients can receive acute care and rehabilitation services at the Hospital Nacional de Occidente in Quetzaltenango, which has a dedicated stroke unit. In Guatemala City, both the Centro Médico and Hospital Herrera Llerandi have specialized teams for stroke treatment and recovery.

Leading Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery

The Centro Médico and Hospital Herrera Llerandi in Guatemala City are also known for their orthopedic departments, offering surgeries such as joint replacement and arthroscopic procedures. They have teams of experienced orthopedic surgeons and rehabilitation specialists.

Top Hospitals in Guatemala for Pediatric Care

Pediatric care is well catered for at the Hospital Infantil de Infectología y Rehabilitación in Guatemala City, which specializes in infectious diseases and rehabilitation for children. Additionally, the Hospital de Pediatría y Centro de Rehabilitación Pediátrica offers a wide range of pediatric services and is recognized for its comprehensive care for children with various medical conditions.

Expats living in Guatemala should consider obtaining health insurance that covers treatment in private hospitals or plan for potential medical evacuation to their home country for highly specialized care. It's also advisable to learn some Spanish or have access to a translator, as English is not widely spoken in the medical community, especially outside of private hospitals.

About the Author

Joshua Wood 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.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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