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Health Care in Punta del Diablo

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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

The healthcare system in Punta del Diablo is a combination of public and private healthcare. The public healthcare system is called the Ministry of Public Health and is available to all citizens and legal residents of Uruguay. It is not available to foreigners, however, expats and digital nomads are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Uruguay.

Uruguay's Healthcare System

Uruguay's public healthcare system is comprehensive and covers a wide range of medical services, including preventive care, primary care, and hospitalization. It is generally well-regarded and is used by most Uruguayans. However, it is not recommended for serious medical emergencies or major surgery. Public hospitals in Punta del Diablo are often overcrowded and understaffed, and the quality of care can be inconsistent.

Most expats and digital nomads in Punta del Diablo use private healthcare. Private hospitals in Punta del Diablo are generally well-equipped and offer a higher standard of care than public hospitals. Private hospitals are recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgery.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Punta del Diablo

  • Hospital de la Costa: This is a private hospital located in Punta del Diablo. It is well-equipped and offers a wide range of medical services, including emergency care, primary care, and specialized care.
  • Clinica San Rafael: This is a private clinic located in Punta del Diablo. It specializes in primary care and offers a wide range of services, including preventive care, diagnostics, and minor surgeries.
  • Hospital de la Costa: This is a private hospital located in nearby La Paloma. It is well-equipped and offers a wide range of medical services, including emergency care, primary care, and specialized care.

Emergency Services in Punta del Diablo

Punta del Diablo has an emergency medical service that can be reached by calling 911. Ambulances are available and usually arrive quickly.

Health Insurance Companies in Punta del Diablo

The most popular private health insurers in Punta del Diablo are ASSE, Plan Vital, and Swiss Medical. These companies offer a range of health insurance plans, including basic coverage and comprehensive coverage. Expats and digital nomads typically use these companies, rather than 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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