The 4 Best Hospitals in Panama

Panama’s healthcare system has gained an international reputation for being one of the best in the world. Countless North American and Europeans are choosing to have medical procedures done in Panama for a fraction of the cost- and they’re doing so with confidence.

Whether paying out of pocket, receiving discounts from the Pensionado Program, or using foreigner health insurance in Panama, Patients can count on procedures being up to 70% less than they would be in the US. Most importantly, they can count on those procedures being as expertly conducted as they would be in any first world nation.

These hospitals, considered to be the best in Panama City. are affiliated with U.S hospitals and have highly trained and English-speaking physicians.

Hospital Punta Pacifica

The most technologically advanced hospital in Latin America. It is affiliated with John’s Hopkins Hospital, which is the number one hospital in the US. The hospital is especially known for complex procedures such as cardiac surgery, general surgery, neuro-surgery, urology procedures, fertility treatment, and ophthalmology. It also boasts a brand new beautiful recovery center.

Centro Medico Paitilla

A highly acclaimed hospital noted for its cancer treatment unit, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, and internal medicine programs. Most popular amongst expats and wealthy Panamanians, almost all doctors are fluent in English. Paitilla is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic; the two hospitals have held conjoined conferences in Panama City in recent years.

Hospital Santo Tomas

The largest public hospital in Panama, dating back to the 18th century. It is separated into distinct specialties such as the cancer treatment unit and the children’s unit. It has the largest Trauma Center in Central America, as well as having specialists in plastic surgery, radiology, dermatology, and cardiology.

Clinica Hospital San Fernando

A private health care option affiliated with Baptist Health Care, the Miami Children’s Hospital and the Tulane University Health Services Center. Established in 1947, it is the oldest private hospital in Panama City. San Fernando is known for its state of the art inpatient pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, orthopedic unit, vascular surgery, general surgery, and critical care programs. It also several clinics location throughout the country- one being a recently opened branch in Coronado, on Panama’s Gold Coast. 

Do you have any Panama healthcare experiences of your own to share? Good or bad, I’d love to hear them! Share by commenting below.

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