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Health Care in Antigua

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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

Health Care in Antigua - Health Care in Antigua

The healthcare system in Antigua is a mix of public and private services. The public healthcare system, known as the Guatemalan Social Security Institute (IGSS), provides free medical services to Guatemalans, while the private sector offers a range of services at varying costs.

Guatemala's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in Guatemala, the Guatemalan Social Security Institute (IGSS), is primarily used by Guatemalan citizens. While foreigners can technically use the public healthcare system, it is not commonly recommended due to the long wait times and limited resources. Public hospitals in Antigua are generally not recommended for serious medical emergencies or major surgeries. The conditions in public hospitals can be quite basic, with limited equipment and staff. On the other hand, private hospitals are often used by expats and digital nomads. These facilities are typically more modern and well-equipped, and are recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. The experience at a private hospital in Antigua is generally more comfortable and efficient compared to public hospitals.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Antigua

  • Hospital Privado Hermano Pedro - A private hospital located in Antigua.
  • Centro M├ędico Antigua - A private clinic offering a range of services, located in Antigua.
  • Hospital Nacional de Antigua - The main public hospital in Antigua.
In the event that there are no suitable facilities in Antigua, expats often travel to Guatemala City for medical care. Hospitals such as Hospital Herrera Llerandi and Hospital El Pilar are approximately an hour's drive from Antigua.

Emergency Services in Antigua

There are ambulance services available in Antigua. In case of an emergency, you can dial 122 or 123 to call for an ambulance. However, response times can vary and there may be delays, particularly in more remote areas.

Health Insurance Companies in Antigua

There are several popular private health insurance companies in Antigua, including Seguros G&T and Seguros Universales. These companies offer a range of coverage options, from basic to comprehensive plans. However, many expats and digital nomads opt to use specialized expat health insurance providers, which offer coverage that is more tailored to their needs. These providers typically offer international coverage, which can be beneficial for those who travel frequently.

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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