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Health Care in Altos del Maria

Learn about the health system in Altos del Maria: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Altos del Maria.
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Altos del Maria, offers a mix of public and private healthcare options for residents and expats alike. The quality of healthcare in Panama is generally good, with many medical professionals trained in the United States or Europe.

Panama’s Healthcare System

Panama’s public healthcare system, known as Caja de Seguro Social (CSS), provides free or low-cost medical services to citizens and residents, including foreigners. However, public hospitals in Altos del Maria may not be recommended for serious medical emergencies or major surgeries due to limited resources and long waiting times. Public hospitals in the area tend to be crowded, and the quality of care may not be on par with private facilities. Expats and digital nomads are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Panama, but many prefer private hospitals for their higher quality of care and shorter waiting times. Private hospitals are generally recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries, offering modern facilities and well-trained staff.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Altos del Maria

Altos del Maria itself does not have many hospitals or clinics, so expats typically travel to nearby cities for medical care. Some recommended hospitals and clinics in the surrounding area include:

  • San Fernando Hospital Clinic (private) – located in Coronado, about an hour’s drive from Altos del Maria
  • Punta Pacifica Hospital (private) – located in Panama City, about a 90-minute drive from Altos del Maria
  • Hospital Nacional (private) – also located in Panama City
  • Centro Médico Paitilla (private) – another option in Panama City

Emergency Services in Altos del Maria

Ambulance services are available in Altos del Maria, but response times may vary depending on the location and availability of vehicles. To call for an ambulance, dial 911. It is important to note that there may be delays in response times, especially in remote areas, so it is crucial to have a plan in place for medical emergencies.

Health Insurance Companies in Altos del Maria

Popular private health insurers in Altos del Maria include Mapfre, ASSA Compañía de Seguros, and Internacional de Seguros. These companies offer a range of coverage options for individuals and families. Expats and digital nomads may choose to use these local insurance providers or opt for specialized expat health insurance providers that cater specifically to their needs. It is essential to research and compare different insurance options to find the best coverage for your specific situation.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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