Cartagena, Colombia
Cartagena, Colombia
Cartagena, Colombia

9 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Colombia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Expats and global nomads in Colombia share their experiences with health insurance, healthcare in Colombia, local hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care and more.

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How are healthcare services Colombia?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Colombia, they replied:

" Minor problems can be taken care of here, but really serious problems require a trip to a bigger City like Bogota which is 11 hours away by car.," commented one expat living in Florencia, Colombia.

"There is a vast difference between the lowest level of health insurance and the highest level. The difference is night and day. I have both a low level and high level. I pay $30/mth, SaludTotal low level, $250/mth AXAColpatria, high level. The lower level insurance is required by my high level insurance. With my AXAColpatria, the doctor will come to my house as a non-emergency first response," added another expat.

"Pay the higher insurance premium to insure quicker access to specialists. Have at least a working knowledge of the language as most doctors speak no English. ," commented one expat who moved to .

"I had a sinus infection and rather than go through the insurance plan, I just went to a private physician and paid cash. The doctor visit (including a basic physical exam) plus an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory injection was less than 20 US dollars," commented one expat who moved to Ibague.

"The public and private insurance are difficult to use because since the pandemic everybody wants to do their work online and they are dropping the ball," said another expat.

"Customer Service for reception, document review is very inefficient and somehwhat confusing especially for new a foreign arrivals," remarked another expat in Sevilla.

"Many specialists are US trained, speak English and seem to be quite competent. As a former bio-med technician familiar with lots of medical equipment I find many state of the art medical devices are used here," remarked another expat living in Cali.

"With the pandemic one needs at least one week to obtain non-emergency appointments with a general practitioner doctor if you have public (non-private) healthcare," said one expat living in Cali.

"For private sectors insurance Sura and AXA insurance are the best, this applies for major cities the moment your outside major cities it's very bad," mentioned another expat in Bogota.

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Expats in Colombia may get a free expat health insurance quote from our partner Allianz Care, a leader in international insurance for expatriates. Allianz's plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Their flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget..

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For expats in Colombia, choosing an expat health insurance provider is an important decision. Get a quote from our partner, Allianz Care. Their plans ensure that you have access to quality healthcare whenever you need it. Allianz Care's flexible solutions allow you to tailor your cover to meet your needs and budget.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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