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Health Care in Providencia Island

Learn about the health system in Providencia Island: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Providencia Island.
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The healthcare system in Providencia Island, consists of both public and private healthcare facilities. While the public healthcare system is accessible to foreigners, the quality of care may vary, and expats often prefer private hospitals for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries.

Colombia’s Healthcare System

Colombia’s public healthcare system, known as the Sistema General de Seguridad Social en Salud (SGSSS), is available to both locals and foreigners. However, public hospitals in Providencia Island may not be recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries due to limited resources and facilities. Public hospitals in Providencia Island may be crowded, and the quality of care may not be up to the standards expected by expats. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Colombia, but they often prefer private hospitals for better quality care and facilities. Private hospitals are generally recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries, as they offer a higher standard of care and more advanced facilities than public hospitals in Providencia Island.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Providencia Island

Providencia Island has limited healthcare facilities, and expats may need to travel to nearby cities for specialized medical care and surgeries. Some of the hospitals and clinics in the region include:

  • Clínica Santa Catalina (private, located in San Andrés)
  • Hospital Amor de Patria (public, located in San Andrés)
  • Clínica Portoazul (private, located in Barranquilla)
In case of emergencies or specialized medical care, expats in Providencia Island may need to travel to San Andrés, which is approximately 90 kilometers away, or Barranquilla, which is about 770 kilometers away.

Emergency Services in Providencia Island

Providencia Island has limited emergency services, and there may be delays in ambulance response times. To call for an ambulance, dial 123. However, due to the limited healthcare facilities on the island, it may be necessary to arrange for transportation to a nearby city with better-equipped hospitals in case of a serious medical emergency.

Health Insurance Companies in Providencia Island

Some popular private health insurance companies in Providencia Island include Colpatria, Sura, and Allianz. These companies offer various health insurance plans catering to different needs and budgets. Expats and digital nomads may choose to use these local insurance providers or opt for specialized expat health insurance providers, depending on their preferences and requirements. It is essential to compare different insurance plans and providers to find the best coverage for your needs while living in Providencia Island.

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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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