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Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Quito, Ecuador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 06, 2023

Summary: In Quito, Ecuador, there are several hospitals and clinics, including Hospital Metropolitano, Hospital de Especialidades, and Hospital de Clínicas. Emergency services in Quito are generally reliable, and ambulances can be called by dialing 911. The quality of medical care in Quito is generally comparable to that of the United States, though some specialized treatments may not be available.

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What advice do you have for expats having a baby in Quito?

We asked expat moms who gave birth in Quito about their experiences and advice they have for other moms to be. They said:

"1) Start researching the medical care available to you in Quito as soon as possible, so you have time to make a well-informed decision. 2) Reach out to the local expat community for tips and advice about birthing centers, pediatricians and any other maternity-related services. 3) Make sure to enroll your child in a health insurance plan at birth, so you can be prepared for any unexpected medical costs. 4) Plan ahead for any additional transportation or childcare needs after the baby is born. 5) Take advantage of assistance programs offered by the government or local NGOs to help cover the costs of mother and baby care. 6) Consider enrolling yourself and your baby in free or low-cost prenatal or postnatal classes. 7) Before giving birth, be sure to review the cultural and legal aspects of having a baby in Ecuador, such as registering with the government, applying for the baby’s passport, and obtaining the necessary documentation. 8) Make sure to set aside some time to relax and take in the joy of having a new baby," explained one expat.

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Are healthcare services good in Quito?

We asked people if they have access to good medical care in Quito. They wrote:

"In Quito, healthcare services are accessible with both public and private clinics, hospitals, and medical centers available. The public system offers free healthcare to those with an Ecuadorian ID. Private healthcare is of high quality and provides services including emergency care and diagnostic tests. Most hospitals and clinics offer bilingual staff with doctors trained in the United States, Colombia, and Europe. Many hospitals and clinics in Quito are accredited with the Joint Commission International, US-based standards," said another person in Quito, Ecuador.

"Quito offers a range of healthcare services, from hospitals to clinics and from specialist nurses to pharmacists. As one of the largest cities in Ecuador, Quito is well-equipped for medical care. Hospitals are modern and well-equipped to provide quality medical care in a range of specialties. Clinics also provide general medical care for treatable illnesses and minor injuries, as well as prenatal and postnatal care. Private healthcare centers offer medical consultations and treatments, as well as specialized services like cardiology and radiology. Visitors to Quito have access to a variety of pharmacies, most of which are well-stocked with a range of medicines and over-the-counter products. Many pharmacies offer services such as prescription refills, as well as home delivery services. Additionally, public healthcare in Quito is of good quality, with many public hospitals and clinics offering free or highly subsidized care," remarked another expat in Quito, Ecuador.

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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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