Medical Care, Dental Care, Health Insurance, Hospitals

High Quality Medical Care

One of the great advantages for foreigners living in Panama is the high quality of medical care including a large number of US-trained physicians and specialists. Foreigners living in Panama will tell you what a pleasure it is to be treated by one of Panama's numerous American-trained, English speaking doctors. They are warm, knowledgeable and unhurried.

In fact, Panama is fast becoming a Mecca for "health tourism". Why? Because Panama offers first-class medical treatments following American protocols by American-trained doctors in hospitals that are on a par with the USA at 50% less cost.


You can get pretty much any medication here. One convenience is that many medications that would need a doctors prescription in the States, can be bought over-the-counter at Panama's drug stores. Just ask for the medicine and in most cases you can buy without it showing a prescription.

Health Insurance:

Health insurance is inexpensive compared to the states. Regular health insurance is available for those who sign up under 60. Our family of four pays $300 a month for an excellent plan. If you are over 60, plans are also available with a higher premium.
We get all our insurance- car, home, and health with broker Kevin Bradley- highly recommended: Cell 6674-1063.


The major hospitals are all excellent and most doctors have American training. The hospitals are favored by foreigners in Panama City are Hospital San Fernando,Hospital Paitilla and Hospital Nacional and Hospital Punta Pacifica affiliated with John Hopkins,
In Chiriqui province, the Chiriqui Hospital in David is the best.
For the beach areas near Panama City, San Fernando Hospital has a satellite clinic in Coronado.

Hospital Nacional: Hospital Nacional is a modern, 80-bed private hospital a few blocks from Balboa Ave. The Medical staff has 160 physicians and specialists in virtually every field of medicine. Many are Board Certified and most have received their training in the United States or Western Europe.

The hospital has some of the most advanced medical technology in Central America and a special office for international clients. A US-based hospital management firm leads the administration of Hospital Nacional and it has a strategic alliance with Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dental Care

Many Panamanian dentists are American trained and stay up-to date with the latest practices and technology. Even the best dentists in Panama charge about half the price of an American dentist. Many people combine a trip to get a dental procedures done trip with a Panama vacation and save a bundle. For the best experience. we recommend you visit the dentists on Panamainfo or a dentist recommended by someone you know.
For clinics see our Dental Servicespage.