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Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Guatemala City, Guatemala

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jun 04, 2023

Summary: There are several hospitals and clinics in Guatemala City, Guatemala, including the Roosevelt Hospital, the San Juan de Dios Hospital, the San Juan de Dios Clinic, and the San Carlos Clinic. Emergency services in Guatemala City are generally reliable, and ambulances can be called by dialing the emergency number, 112. The quality of medical care in Guatemala City is generally lower than in the US, with fewer resources and less advanced technology available. However, the quality of care is improving as more resources become available.

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How are healthcare services Guatemala City?

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

"Healthcare services in Guatemala City, are a mix of public and private providers, with the public sector being underfunded and facing challenges in terms of quality and accessibility. The private sector offers better quality care, but it can be expensive and is mostly accessible to those who can afford it. Public hospitals and clinics in the city are often overcrowded, with long waiting times and limited resources, which can lead to inadequate care for patients. In contrast, private hospitals and clinics are well-equipped and staffed with highly trained professionals, offering a wide range of services, from primary care to specialized treatments. However, these facilities are concentrated in urban areas, making it difficult for people living in rural areas to access quality healthcare. Additionally, there is a shortage of healthcare professionals, particularly in rural areas, which further exacerbates the challenges faced by the healthcare system in Guatemala City," remarked one expat in Guatemala City.

"Make sure to look for the best doctors, get a private Guatemalan insurance to take you the best hospitals.. forget about public hospital unless it is for emergency," remarked one expat living in Guatemala City.

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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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