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

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

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

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What are medical services in Panama City like?

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

"Health care in Panama exemplifies that of a small, developing country. The public system is very hit-or-miss, ranging from bad to terrible. The private system is adequate, but expensive for those coming from countries with universal health care systems," said another expat.

"Many expats get travel insurance but that is expensive. I have MAPFRE which is from Spain, covers everything I need and is beyond reasonable. I pay $31.50 per month and $3 dr. visit. The descuento jubilado here is another great savings," remarked another expat in Panama City.

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William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

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Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Panama City?

"Health care is excellent, in private hospitals, with excellent doctors, specialists, surgeons, nurses, etc....and price are cheaper than the USA. A Healthcare plan here (we are with Cigna but there are many other companies to choose from) covers us, my wife and I, in Panama and worldwide for a fraction of USA health plan cost so Healthcare is very affordable in Panama," mentioned another expat living in Panama City.

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William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?

When we asked expats in Panama City if healthcare and health insurance are expensive in Panama City, they wrote...

"Health care services have become dedicated 90% to caring for patients with Covid-19. For anybody with other health care needs during this time, you are basically out of luck. Fortunately, we haven't needed medical or dental care care in the last 11 months. Our regular doctor and dentist offices have been closed," mentioned another expat in Panama City.

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

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

"Don't be afraid, most medical professionals received their training in the United States. Panama is renowed for having the best medical care in all of Central America," added another person living in Panama 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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