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Health Care in Puerto Penasco

Learn about the health system in Puerto Penasco: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Puerto Penasco.

Puerto Penasco has both public and private healthcare systems. The public healthcare system is called the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) and is used by both locals and foreigners. People generally recommend using public hospitals in Puerto Penasco for minor medical emergencies and minor surgeries. Public hospitals in Puerto Penasco are typically crowded and understaffed, but they are free or low cost and provide basic medical care. Foreigners (expats and digital nomads) are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Mexico, but many expats prefer to use private hospitals for more serious medical emergencies and major surgery. Private hospitals in Puerto Penasco are typically more modern and better equipped than public hospitals, but they are more expensive.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Puerto Penasco

The most popular hospitals and clinics for expats in Puerto Penasco are:

  • Hospital San Carlos – Private hospital located in the center of Puerto Penasco.
  • Clinica San Jose – Private clinic located in the center of Puerto Penasco.
  • Hospital San Luis – Private hospital located in the south of Puerto Penasco.
  • Clinica San Miguel – Private clinic located in the south of Puerto Penasco.

If there are no hospitals in Puerto Penasco, expats in Puerto Penasco typically go to hospitals in nearby cities such as Hermosillo or Nogales for specialized medical care and for surgeries. These cities are approximately 3-4 hours away by car from Puerto Penasco.

Emergency Services in Puerto Penasco

Puerto Penasco does have ambulance services. To call for an ambulance, you can dial 066 from any phone. Ambulances usually come quickly, but there can be delays depending on the situation.

Health Insurance Companies in Puerto Penasco

The most popular private health insurers in Puerto Penasco are IMSS, Seguro Popular, and GNP Seguros. Expats and digital nomads typically use these companies, but some may choose to use specialized expat health insurance providers.

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