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Health Care in Panajachel

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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

Health Care in Panajachel - Health Care in Panajachel

Panajachel has a public and private healthcare system. The public healthcare system is called the Guatemalan Social Security Institute (IGSS). It is used by both locals and foreigners, although foreigners may need to pay a fee. Public hospitals in Panajachel are not recommended for serious medical emergencies or major surgery, as they are often overcrowded and understaffed. The quality of care at public hospitals in Panajachel is generally lower than at private hospitals. Expats and digital nomads are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Guatemala, but most prefer to use private hospitals for serious medical emergencies and major surgery. Private hospitals in Panajachel offer higher quality care and more modern facilities than public hospitals.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Panajachel

The most popular hospitals and clinics for expats in Panajachel are:

  • Hospital Privado de la Familia (private hospital) located in Panajachel
  • Clinica San Lucas (private clinic) located in Panajachel
  • Clinica San Juan (private clinic) located in Panajachel
  • Hospital San Juan de Dios (public hospital) located in Sololá, approximately 30 minutes by car from Panajachel
  • Hospital Nacional de Occidente (public hospital) located in Quetzaltenango, approximately 2 hours by car from Panajachel

Emergency Services in Panajachel

There are ambulance services in Panajachel. To call for an ambulance, you can dial 911 or contact the local fire department. Ambulances usually arrive quickly, but there can be delays depending on the situation.

Health Insurance Companies in Panajachel

The most popular private health insurers in Panajachel are Seguros G&T Continental, Mapfre, and Banrural. Expats and digital nomads typically use these companies, although some may opt for specialized expat health insurance providers.

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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