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Health Care in Lima

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Learn about the health system in Lima: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Lima.

Lima has both public and private healthcare systems. The public healthcare system is called Sistema Nacional de Salud (SNS) and is used by both locals and foreigners. People generally recommend using public hospitals in Lima for serious medical emergencies and major surgery, as they are well-equipped and staffed with experienced professionals. At a public hospital in Lima, you can expect to find a wide range of services, including emergency care, general medicine, and specialized care. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Peru. However, many expats prefer to use private hospitals for serious medical emergencies and major surgery, as they tend to have shorter wait times and more modern facilities. Private hospitals in Lima offer a wide range of services, including emergency care, general medicine, and specialized care.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Lima

Expats in Lima have access to a variety of hospitals and clinics. Some of the most popular hospitals and clinics for expats include:

  • Clinica Anglo Americana: This is a private hospital located in Miraflores. It offers a wide range of services, including emergency care, general medicine, and specialized care.
  • Centro Medico San Borja: This is a private hospital located in San Borja. It specializes in orthopedics, neurology, and cardiology.
  • Clinica Ricardo Palma: This is a private hospital located in San Isidro. It offers a wide range of services, including emergency care, general medicine, and specialized care.

Emergency Services in Lima

There are ambulance services in Lima. You can call for an ambulance by dialing 116. Ambulances usually arrive quickly, but there can be delays depending on the time of day and the location.

Health Insurance Companies in Lima

The most popular private health insurers in Lima are Sanitas, RIMAC, and Pacifico. These companies offer a wide range of health insurance plans, including plans for expats and digital nomads. Expats typically use these companies or 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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