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$1200 for 16 Days in the Hospital in Panama

Panama has private hospitals and public hospitals.

Private hospitals are sometimes nicer, for-profit, hospitals so it cost more if you go to the emergency room, get x-rays, or if you are admitted. It’s about $50 an hour if you go to the emergency room and about $1000 a day if you are admitted to a private hospital. I paid $15,000 when I was admitted to Hospital Chiriqui, a private hospital when I had covid last year. Luckily, I have insurance that reimbursed me.

Public hospitals are subsidized by the government. Panama has many state-of-the-art private hospitals with the latest equipment. To see a doctor at a public hospital, you’ll pay about $2 or $5 for a specialist. These prices are without insurance! If you’re admitted to the hospital, it’s about $100 per day.

See this short video of Alicia talking about her 16-day stay at a public hospital when she had pneumonia. Total cost $1200…. with no insurance! (excuse the audio & lighting problems)

You’ll get quality care regardless of which hospital you go to!

In fact, the doctors that work at private hospitals are required to work a certain number of hours each week at the public hospitals. So you could see the same doctor regardless of which hospital you go to. Many doctors in Panama speak English.

You really can LIVE BETTER for LESS in Panama!

Jackie Lange

Jackie Lange is the founder of Panama Relocation Tours and lives in the highlands of Boquete Panama. She has helped thousands of people relocate to Panama.

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