Healthcare in Panama

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Expats have differing opinions about healthcare in Panama. Many advice against public hospitals and healthcare, but some recount good experiences. This article covers public vs private healthcare, cost of healthcare, obtaining prescription medications and much more.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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Expats have differing opinions about healthcare in Panama. Many advice against public hospitals and healthcare, but some recount good experiences. This article covers public vs private healthcare, cost of healthcare, obtaining prescription medications and much more.

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Expats living in Panama talk about their own experiences with healthcare, hospital visits, emergencies, finding a doctor, buying health insurance in Panama and more.

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Expats in Panama offer 8 important tips about healthcare and health insurance in Panama. While the quality of healthcare varies, there are world class doctors and facilities throughout Panama. Health insurance is much less expensive in Panama. Doctors visits (with and without insurance) are very affordable. The one negative seems to be that medications can be more expensive that in the U.S. Despite these pros and cons, many expats mentioned that people have healthier lifestyles in Panama - cleaner air, cleaner water, fresh produce and less stress.

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Knowing which hospital you would go to should a medical emergency arise while living in Panama is important. This information is provided (but not endorsed) by expats and the US Embassy in Panama.

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Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about healthcare and health insurance for expats in Panama.

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Comments

guest
Sep 3, 2020 19:56

So what if you are 70 but in good health. Are there any healthcare options or are you on your own?

guest
Feb 13, 2021 16:26

Panama Healthcare! Stay away from the public healthcare system. The are very inconsistent with the care that the provide. A patient went to the emergency room and kept there for few days while cinditi9n kept deteriorating. With financial help, the patient was transferred to hospital San Fernando where they treated her sepsis and was able to recover.

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Oct 4, 2021 16:38

Some really valuable information for those living or wanting to live in Panama. I considered it once before but I don't speak Spanish and have no desire to learn a new language at 64 y/o. Healthcare concerns me the most when living outside the US. I'm use to showing my medicare, retired military ID ( Tricare for Life ) or Blue Cross/ Blue Shield insurance cards and all claims are filed on my behalf with very little if any out-of-pocket costs. Living in a foreign country you best have a large nest egg saved ( Large, depending on your comfort level ) or a high limit credit card (25k) at least or have both. You aren't in the US where we are spoiled and I know this from first hand experience living in the Philippines for a year. No upfront money (deposit) no treatment! No exceptions. Foreigners die every day there because of this. Evil in my opinion because the system puts more value on money than saving a human life case closed.

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Healthcare in PanamaHealthcare in Panama

Expats have differing opinions about healthcare in Panama. Many advice against public hospitals and healthcare, but some recount good experiences. This article covers public vs private healthcare, cost of healthcare, obtaining prescription medications and much more.

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Expats living in Panama talk about their own experiences with healthcare, hospital visits, emergencies, finding a doctor, buying health insurance in Panama and more.

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Expats in Panama offer 8 important tips about healthcare and health insurance in Panama. While the quality of healthcare varies, there are world class doctors and facilities throughout Panama. Health insurance is much less expensive in Panama. Doctors visits (with and without insurance) are very affordable. The one negative seems to be that medications can be more expensive that in the U.S. Despite these pros and cons, many expats mentioned that people have healthier lifestyles in Panama - cleaner air, cleaner water, fresh produce and less stress.

Expats in Panama offer 8 important tips about healthcare and health insurance in Panama. While the quality of healthcare varies, there are world class doctors and facilities throughout Panama. Healt...

Hospitals in Panama City, PanamaHospitals in Panama City, Panama

Knowing which hospital you would go to should a medical emergency arise while living in Panama is important. This information is provided (but not endorsed) by expats and the US Embassy in Panama.

panama healthcare faqPanama Healthcare FAQ

Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about healthcare and health insurance for expats in Panama.

healthcare surveyAnswer Questions about Healthcare in Panama

Help others moving to Panama by answering a set of questions about health insurance, public healthcare in Panama, prescription medicine, quality of medical care and emergency services.

Having-a-Baby-In-PanamaExpats Talk about What it's Like Having a Baby in Panama

Read recent baby reports submitted for Santiago and David.

If you're an expat parent who had a baby abroad, write a report about your childbirth experiences to help other expecting expat parents.

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