Health Care in Panama

Panama has some of the most modern health care facilities in all of Latin America. Many Panamanian doctors studied in the USA, Canada and in Europe and generally speak English.

Panama’s hospitals are excellent. The USA’s number one ranked hospital, the Johns Hopkins Medical Center, is affiliated with the new Punta Pacifica Hospital in Panama City. The Panama Johns Hopkins boasts that Punta Pacifica Hospital, offers state of the art diagnostic and clinical care.

Panama City is home to other renowned hospitals. Centro Medico Paitilla caters to the ex‐Shaw of Iran. Hospital Nacional is an affiliate of the Family Hospital Group of Boston, Massachusetts. Many consider Hospital Santo Tomas the best public hospital in Latin America.

Standard medical care, surgery, hospitalization, and dental care in Panama are less the half the cost in the U.S. and Europe. What about U.S. tourists needing emergency medical care in Panama? The U.S. State Department states that a U.S. consular officer can assist in locating medical services, contacting family, and help transferring funds from the U.S. However, payment of hospital and other expenses is the responsibility of the traveler.”

Before leaving your country, learn what medical services your health insurance covers overseas. If you do have overseas coverage, remember to bring both your insurance policy and identity card.

The U.S. Social Security Medicare program does not provide coverage for hospitals or medical costs outside of the USA. Can U.S. Veterans get medical assistance in Panama?

Hospital Nacional offers complete medical care for members of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs including ambulatory services, laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy. Their Tri‐care Service programs provide inpatient and outpatient care for active and retired members of the U.S. Military.

In Panama, you can find good quality medical care, state of the art surgery, and modern hospitalization at prices far less than in the United States, Canada, or Europe.