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What is the difference between healthcare offered by the Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) and Ministerio de Salud (MINSA)?

By Betsy Burlingame

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Caja de Seguro Social (CSS) is Panama's Social Security System. The CSS administers healthcare to Panamanians and eligible expats who are employed and enrolled in CSS. CSS operates their own hospitals and medical facilities (approximately 80 in the country).

Ministerio de Salud (MINSA) is Panama's Ministry of Health. MINSA administers public healthcare to unemployed Panamanians. MINSA operates its own hospitals and medical facilities (over 800 in the country).

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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