Join now
Log in Join

Living in Buenos Aires ?

Join InterNations to meet other expats where you live and read more articles like Medical Services in Buenos Aires with relevant information for expats.

Paolo Greco

Living in Argentina, from Italy

"My wife has found her job through InterNations. That is great as our fresh start in Buenos Aires was kind of tough for us both."

Ida Hagen

Living in Argentina, from Norway

"If you want to meet interesting international people in Buenos Aires, go to the InterNations events! I am doing that -- everyone is doing that."

InterNations - a community of trust

Buenos Aires at a Glance

Medical Services in Buenos Aires

The “Paris of South America” enchants tourists and expats alike. Read our Expat Guide to living in Buenos Aires for an introduction to the city’s infrastructure – transportation, healthcare, schools, and more! Life in Buenos Aires has more to offer than art and parties, after all.

Medical Care

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.

Emergency Services

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 107, 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.


We do our best to keep this article up to date. However, we cannot guarantee that the information provided is always current or complete. 

InterNations Expat Magazine