Living in Buenos Aires?
Medical Services in Buenos Aires
Medical Care: You Get What You Pay For
Needless to say, good medical care abroad is essential for you and your family’s well-being and, in turn, for a successful expat assignment. Thus, you’ll be happy to hear that the majority of medical facilities in Buenos Aires have a positive reputation. In the late 1960s, Argentina made it into the annals of medical history when a cardiac surgeon from Córdoba, the country’s second most important university town, developed the world’s first artificial heart.
Nevertheless, as is the case just about anywhere, the quality of care you receive in Buenos Aires ultimately depends on your health insurance. You can learn about the basics of Argentina’s rather complicated healthcare system in our overview of living in Argentina. Private hospitals, such as the main clinics popular in the foreign community, only accept patients covered by select, usually private, insurance providers.
Two clinics that are particularly popular among foreigners living in Buenos Aires are the Hospital Británico and the Hospitál Alemán. Both accept many non-Argentine patients, so the language barrier shouldn’t be a problem there, especially if you are an English or German native speaker. The staff offers general consultations as well as comprehensive specialist care.
Both are located quite centrally, in Recoleta, but both have several medical centers throughout the city and even in Gran Buenos Aires. If you are unsure whether the Hospital Británico or the Hospitál Alemán accepts your insurance plan as valid coverage (cobertura), you should contact their staff directly. Both hospitals offer medical coverage of their own, as well.
Obtaining medical coverage from a private hospital in Buenos Aires may even prove worthwhile in case of an accident or medical emergency. While the hotline for medical emergencies in Buenos Aires is 101, many private clinics have a 24/7 emergency center of their own. Make sure to notify them directly if you or your family requires medical help.
If you just need to see a doctor, ask your country’s embassy or consulate in Buenos Aires for further information. They should be able to provide you with a list of doctors in Argentina who speak your language, be it general practitioners or specialists.
For over-the-counter medicine, you do not even need a doctor. A trip to the nearest Farmacity, Argentina’s biggest chain of pharmacies/drugstores, will suffice. Keep an eye out for their characteristic blue-orange signs with the green shield.
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