Expat Healthcare Advice for Quito
Go to the best hospital instead of the government hospital. Use the private clinics for basic healthcare and pay out of pocket.
Emergency Medical Care in Quito
I am one block from a clinic, Clinica Primavera. Services there are fine (to see a doctor for a cold or flu). Three blocks away is a very good hospital, Los Valles. Both are private. I have been to the ER in Los Valles a couple of times. The cost was around $300 (once for stitches and once for back pain which included a MRI scan). The quality of care in both were great.
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Quality of Healthcare in Surrounding Area
I have gone to a specialist in Quito for back surgery. I had two surgeons for my back surgery. They were great. The language barrier can be the only issue but I had help from friends.
Yes, common medicines are found at the pharmacies and are often available without prescriptions. Medicine is fairly cheap.
Expat Health Insurance in Ecuador
The cost of medical care if much cheaper than the United States. I had back surgery for $8,000 and I only had to pay $1,000 deductible.