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Health Care in Medellin

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Health Care in Medellin: Locate providers, hospitals, and medical centers to find the best health services available for expats and nomads.

Medellin has both public and private healthcare systems. The public healthcare system is called the Colombian Health System (Sistema de Salud Colombiano) and is available to all citizens and legal residents of Colombia. It is not available to foreigners, however, expats and digital nomads may be able to access it if they are legally registered in Colombia.

Colombia's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in Colombia is free for citizens and legal residents. It is funded by the government and provides basic healthcare services. Public hospitals in Medellin are generally not recommended for serious medical emergencies or major surgery, as they are often overcrowded and understaffed. However, they are a good option for minor medical issues and routine check-ups. Private hospitals in Medellin are generally recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgery, as they are better equipped and have more experienced staff. Expats and digital nomads are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Colombia, but most opt for private hospitals due to the better quality of care.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Medellin

  • Clinica San Vicente: Private hospital located in El Poblado.
  • Clinica Las Americas: Private hospital located in El Poblado.
  • Clinica Medellin: Private hospital located in El Poblado.
  • Clinica San Rafael: Private hospital located in El Poblado.
  • Clinica Universitaria Bolivariana: Public hospital located in El Centro.
  • Clinica San Juan de Dios: Public hospital located in El Centro.

Emergency Services in Medellin

Medellin has a number of ambulance services available. The most popular is the Cruz Roja Colombiana, which can be reached by calling 123. Ambulances usually arrive quickly, but there can be delays depending on the time of day and the location.

Health Insurance Companies in Medellin

The most popular private health insurers in Medellin are Sura, Colseguros, and Seguros Bolivar. Expats and digital nomads typically use these companies, as they offer comprehensive coverage and are accepted by most hospitals and clinics in the city. Expats may also opt for specialized expat health insurance providers.

About the Author

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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