Health Care in Panama – High Standards Yet Awesomely Affordable

If you’re wondering if it really is worth the trip to go to Panama for health care, then the answer to this question is YES! Health care in Panama is comparable to that in the US and Canada yet you only need to spend very little. It is a place where one can experience quality and dependable health care at a fraction of a cost. Here’s one story about a friend of mine who has experienced affordable health care in Panama.My friend needed two to three tooth implants so he went to a dentist in New Jersey who said that one tooth implant would cost him $4000+. He found this to be quite expensive so he let it pass for a while and joined a Panama relocation tour. He then found out about Panama’s medical tourism and decided to get his implants there. He was able to get it at $1200 for each tooth. That’s equivalent to about $5000 to $9000 savings even after airfare and hotel expenses.My friend was so pleased that he decided to also consult with a Panamanian doctor about his basil cell skin cancer. Previously, he went to a doctor in New Jersey who charged him $1200 for consultation and lab fees. He also underwent basil cell freezing in America to eight of his cell spots which further cost him about $100 per spot. My friend needed further treatment so he decided to go to Panama for basil cell freezing. The cost was only $100 for 25 dime to nickel spots that would have otherwise cost him $2500 in NJ. Thus, having medical treatment in Panama is really worth it even if you have to spend for airfare and hotel fees.When I talk to my American friends about the high standards of health care in Panama, the reaction is mostly of shock and disbelief. It’s like they picture the place as a backward third world country where voodoo practitioners abound and not the modern hospitals that I usually talk about. They can’t believe that Panama City alone has 14 hospitals where the standards can match those in America. The country’s Hospital Punta Pacifica (affiliated with the John Hopkins group of hospitals) is in fact the most state of the art and technologically advanced hospital in Central America. Other popular hospitals include Hospital Santo Tomas, Hospital Nacional and Clinica Hospital San Fernando.There are a lot of doctors in Panama who have earned their degrees from US universities like Harvard. These people are well-trained medical practitioners who compare favorably with US and Canadian doctors. The expertise of Panamanian physicians coupled with highly advanced medical technology has boosted Panama’s medical tourism and has become one of the reasons why many American expats retire in Panama.Health insurance is likewise very cheap in Panama as you can get it for as low as $60 per month. Doctor’s consultation, prescription medication and over the counter drugs are also priced affordably. You can consult with a highly trained specialist for as low as $10. Thus, you get a huge cut down on your medical expenses when you either choose to live in Panama or go there for medical treatment.Health care in Panama is so cheap at amazingly high standards. Yes Panama is still considered as a third world country yet it continues to accelerate positively. The country has a booming economy thanks to its famous Panama Canal where most of the action in trade and business takes place. Go to Panama and enjoy huge savings in health care. You not only give yourself a favor by getting big savings but also visit a country that’s truly worth seeing.