15 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Uruguay
Last updated on May 18, 2023
Summary: The quality of medical care in Uruguay is generally considered to be good, with many doctors and medical professionals having received training in the United States or Europe. Emergency services are generally reliable and efficient, with ambulances responding quickly to calls. To call for an ambulance in Uruguay, you can dial 911 or 112.
How are healthcare services Uruguay?
When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Uruguay, they replied:
"I suggest to newcomers that they sign up with the private healthcare offered by the state at a discounted rate. Under this care you are offered all the conveniences of regular doctors and hospitals. This includes diabetes care, high-blood pressure care, cancer care and treatment etc," remarked one expat living in Paysandu.
"If living here try to join a local insurance plan through one of the hospitals. There are many but if you have existing conditions or a checkered medical history or are overweight they likely will not cover you. In that case join one of the ambulance programs such as Cardio Movil. You pay a monthly fee for ambulance and doctor services and they come to your home. They also have a clinic with most specialists covered. You pay about $25US a month and then to see a doctor costs about $5. You pay more for minor procedures that that do but equal to what my co-pay was in the states mostly and of course you save on the annual insurance and deductibles. Get a good expat Major Medical policy that will cover you for serious issues but if you don't use doctors a lot this works out to be a huge savings. Note that most international Hospitalization plans will cover you anywhere in the world but in the USA. They will of course if you are willing to pay for it but you could go to Argentina or France or England instead if you don't want to be hospitalized in Uruguay," said one expat living in Punta del Este.