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Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Punta del Este, Uruguay

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 25, 2023

Summary: In Punta del Este, Uruguay, there are several hospitals and clinics, including Hospital Británico, Hospital Punta del Este, and Clínica Punta del Este. Emergency services in Punta del Este are generally reliable and ambulances can be called by dialing 911. The quality of medical care in Punta del Este is generally comparable to that of the United States, with some specialized treatments and procedures being more readily available in the US.

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How are healthcare services Punta del Este?

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

"Punta del Este, offers a range of healthcare services to cater to the needs of both residents and visitors. The city is home to several well-equipped medical facilities, including public hospitals, private clinics, and specialized centers. These healthcare institutions provide various services such as emergency care, general medicine, surgery, maternity care, and diagnostic services. In addition to hospitals and clinics, Punta del Este also has numerous pharmacies where patients can access prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs. The city's healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, and specialists, are well-trained and experienced, with many of them being bilingual in Spanish and English, making it easier for foreign patients to communicate their needs. Punta del Este's healthcare system is known for its high-quality services and modern medical technology, ensuring that patients receive the best possible care. The city also has a well-developed ambulance service for emergency transportation to medical facilities. Moreover, several private healthcare providers offer health insurance plans for individuals and families, which can help cover the costs of medical treatments and consultations. In summary, Punta del Este, Uruguay, boasts a comprehensive and efficient healthcare system, with a variety of medical facilities and services available to cater to the diverse needs of its population. The city's healthcare professionals are well-trained and experienced, ensuring that patients receive top-notch care and treatment," said one expat living in Punta del Este.

"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," mentioned one expat in Punta del Este.

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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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