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Health Care in San Clemente

By Betsy Burlingame

William Russell
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Summary: Dive into healthcare resources for expats and digital nomads in San Clemente: identify leading healthcare providers, hospitals, and medical centers for optimal care.

Health Care in San Clemente - Health Care in San Clemente

The healthcare system in San Clemente is a mix of public and private providers. The public healthcare system is known as the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS), while there are also numerous private hospitals and clinics available.

Ecuador's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in Ecuador, the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS), is used by both locals and foreigners. However, the quality of care in public hospitals can vary, and for serious medical emergencies or major surgeries, many people recommend using private hospitals. Public hospitals in San Clemente are typically crowded and may lack some of the advanced medical equipment found in private hospitals. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Ecuador, but many choose to use private hospitals due to the higher standard of care. Private hospitals in San Clemente offer a more comfortable experience, with less crowded facilities and more advanced medical equipment.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in San Clemente

San Clemente has a limited number of hospitals and clinics. However, there are several recommended healthcare facilities in nearby cities. These include:

  • San Vicente Hospital (Public) - Located in San Vicente, approximately 30 minutes by car from San Clemente.
  • Manabi Hospital (Private) - Located in Portoviejo, approximately 1 hour by car from San Clemente. This hospital is known for its specialized cardiac care.
  • Portoviejo Clinic (Private) - Also located in Portoviejo, this clinic offers a range of medical services.
In an emergency, expats in San Clemente typically travel to these nearby hospitals for care.

Emergency Services in San Clemente

San Clemente has limited ambulance services. In an emergency, you can call 911 for an ambulance. However, response times can be slow due to the rural location of San Clemente. It is often faster to drive to the nearest hospital or clinic.

Health Insurance Companies in San Clemente

There are several popular private health insurance companies in San Clemente, including Seguros Sucre and Seguros Equinoccial. These companies offer a range of health insurance plans, including coverage for private hospital care. However, many expats and digital nomads choose to use specialized expat health insurance providers, which offer coverage for medical care both in Ecuador and internationally.

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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