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Expat Exchange - Health Care in Armenia 2024
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Health Care in Armenia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Explore healthcare options for expatriates and digital nomads in Armenia: uncover top-rated providers, hospitals, and medical facilities to meet your needs while living abroad in Armenia.

The healthcare system in Armenia consists of both public and private healthcare providers. The public healthcare system, known as the Sistema General de Seguridad Social en Salud (SGSSS), is available to both locals and foreigners, while private hospitals offer additional options for those seeking medical care.

Colombia's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in Colombia, the Sistema General de Seguridad Social en Salud (SGSSS), is available to both locals and foreigners. However, public hospitals in Armenia are not typically recommended for serious medical emergencies or major surgeries. Public hospitals in Armenia can be crowded and may have limited resources, which can lead to longer wait times and less personalized care. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Colombia, but many choose to use private hospitals instead. Private hospitals in Armenia are generally better equipped and staffed, making them a more popular choice for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Armenia

Some recommended hospitals and clinics in Armenia include:

  • Clínica Central del Quindío (Private) - Avenida Bolivar, Armenia
  • Clínica Comfenalco (Private) - Calle 18 Norte, Armenia
  • Hospital San Juan de Dios (Public) - Calle 19, Armenia
In case of emergencies or specialized medical care, expats in Armenia may choose to travel to nearby cities such as Pereira or Medellín, which are approximately 1-3 hours away by car.

Emergency Services in Armenia

There are ambulance services available in Armenia. To call for an ambulance, dial 123. However, response times can vary and there may be delays in some cases. It is important to be prepared and have a plan in place for medical emergencies.

Health Insurance Companies in Armenia

Some popular private health insurance companies in Armenia include Colpatria, Sura, and Coomeva. These companies offer a range of plans and coverage options for individuals and families. Expats and digital nomads may choose to use these local insurance providers or opt for specialized expat health insurance providers, depending on their needs and preferences.

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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