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David Bayliss of KW PACIFICA – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Radiology department at San Fernando Hospital in Panama City, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are American–trained doctors not only in Coronado, but in other, unlikely places in Panama as well.
 
I went scuba diving and hurt my ear, so I had to go to an ear specialist.  We did not have ear specialists in Coronado, so I went to the San Fernando Hospital in Panama City.  I walked down this narrow hallway because the hospital is huge.  It has been added on to so many times that you have to go through this maze of hallways to get to your doctor.  I walked in, the nice lady said the doctor would be right with me, so I went to his office.  On the wall is the Dallas Cowboy helmet!  This doctor was trained in Dallas, at Baylor Medical Institute, and here he was, tucked into the very back of his hospital labyrinth.  He knew more about the Dallas Cowboys that I did, and I’m from Dallas!
 
My personal doctor here in Coronado was partially training in the US. He speaks English. My doctor’s visit is $15. I never even claim doctor visits on my insurance because I don’t like paperwork.  Many of the specialists in Panama are highly trained in the US and some doctors are partly trained in the US.
 
Even the ones who I’ve met who aren’t even trained in the US are very capable. Because of the business that we run we have met lots of doctors and seen every version of how healthcare is handled here in Panama.  Coronado has the San Fernando Clinic, which has an MRI, nice people, x-ray, and all the technological equipment and training necessary, and they do a great job. 
 
People who come with some pre-existing condition are sometimes afraid about what’s going to happen and ask for advice.  We take them around almost like looking at real estate; we bring in and introduce them to a doctor before they even move here so they can get a comfort level of the doctor and they tell the doctor about their pre-existing condition. He then recommends other doctors who would be appropriate for that condition. They can talk to those doctors as part of their conversation of what would life be like living here, so they’re not having to guess about it. I have people bring their medical drug list, go into the grocery store, find out that half of it or three quarters of it or in some cases all of it is just over the counter, versus the prescription they would need in the US.  We try to introduce them into the new world of inexpensive, yet qualified doctors.
 
(Radiology department at Clinca Hospital  San Fernando in Panama City, Panama, pictured.)
Evie Brooks of Panama Vacation Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Veracruz , Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere absolutely are American-trained doctors in Coronado, Panama. The San Fernando Hospital, which is a newer hospital, is actually in Coronado, located on the main road leading into Coronado off the Pan-American Highway. There are English-speaking personnel there and the doctors are just wonderful. 
 
In the Punta Pacifica Hospital in Panama City, they primarily have American-trained doctors. Punta Pacifica is often referred to as “the American hospital” or “the North American hospital.” It is located right downtown, next to the main mall, MultiPlaza. Punta Pacifica has lots of doctors that were trained at Baylor and Johns Hopkins University in the United States.
 
I have been in the Punta Pacifica Hospital several times.  The care is very personalized and very focused on a personal relationship. It’s not just coming in, getting meds administered and moving on.  They are very conscientious.  The bedside manner of the doctors and the nurses are phenomenal and the care is comparable to the hospitals that we are accustomed to in the United States.
 
From Coronado proper, it’s probably about 90 minutes to Punta Pacifica although the San Fernando Clinic in Coronado is directly in Coronado. From the Pacific beach areas like Veracruz, Punta Pacifica is around 20 minutes away.
 
(Shoreline at Veracruz, Panama, pictured.)
Melissa Darnay of Choose Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Hospital Nacional in Panama logo – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are American-trained doctors in Coronado, Panama and there are great health facilities in Coronado. Because of the people who live there, it is a great retirement area. Because of all the retirees, you tend to have people who need or want more types of doctors. There are more and more clinics, more visiting doctors that come to Coronado and to Panama City all the time. 
 
Because Coronado is just an hour from the Panama City, you can also get anything you need, whether it’s cosmetic surgery or just something you think you need in the city for a fraction of the price of what it would cost in a First World country. For example, from the US, there are a lot of people who come to Panama for medical tourism. If they need to have dental implants, it would cost about 25% of what it would cost in the US, so you save 75%.
 
Many of the doctors that I’ve been to in Panama have had practices in the US.  They’re Panamanians. In order to be a doctor here, they do have to be Panamanian. Either they were born here and then went to medical school in the US, stayed in the US, and had a practice, or they did training in the US. Almost every doctor who I’ve been to or talked to in Coronado has either had some sort of training or actually had a practice in the US.
 
(Pictured: logo of Hospital Nacional, in Panama City, Panama.)
Denise MacDonald of My Panama Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
There are excellent, and yes, North American trained doctors in Coronado, Panama. Our favorite is Dr. Victor Levy, who has his own office in the Village Mall (where Machetazo is). He speaks excellent English and is very good at what he does. He also has various specialists who work out of his office each week as well - such as a gynecologist. 
 
Alternatively, San Fernando Clinic is open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. The service is excellent!
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Panamanian´s Education Abroad

Although private high schools in Panamá are highly qualified, a good percentage of Panamanian students seek secondary education in other countries with the most advanced technology, mostly Spain, India and Germany among others, and even in other countries on the American continent, like the United States, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Colombia, or Brazil.

The administration in Panamá is making a good effort to improve public education, primarily in those subjects that will have the most impact in today´s economy, like language studies in English and Chinese, and careers directly focused in logistics, multimodal, technology, maritime, environmental sciences and subjects like modern medical specialties, navy engineering, hydraulic power, etc., many of which have to do with the Panamá Canal, ports and airports.

Fortunately, Panamá is today a country that, even with the worldwide economic crisis, can proudly say that unemployment is very low, and essentially at zero in some places.

All these are reasons why around the world, people are looking into Panamá as one of the leaders in the region, and a country that offers it all, even with a small territorial size, but with beautiful things to offer, along with a good quality of life that is much higher than other countries, and an excellent weather.  Panamá is an excellent choice if you want to be around nature 24/7, and live longer with that piece of mind that you can get from a low stress environment, if you choose it.

Specifically with regard to the medical field, Panamá offers high quality medical schools at universities.  Students graduate from these medical schools in the thousands, and the demand for these qualified students is high, and recognized by many countries.

Students are always looking for more training and education, in order to satisfy the great demand for their services in Panamá. Included are sophisticated and very unusual medical fields, such as alternative medicine, spas combined with the most modern techniques, reconstructive and plastic surgery, and cosmetics.

After being very well trained in local hospitals, students must complete a mandatory two years of practice before they can get their title, and pass the final exam.  After that, the great majority go abroad to continue superior studies perhaps that are not offered in Panamá, in order to experience different technologies and practices.  Overall, medical students take a minimum 8 years of study until they are ready to practice on their own.

At the present time, due to a lack of medical specialists in some areas, the Panamanian government is offering some positions to foreign doctors for a specific period of time, after these foreign doctors comply with the requirements.

Panamá has excellent modern private hospitals, like the Punta Pacífica (associated to the John Hopkins Hospital in the US), Paitilla, San Fernando (Panamá and Coronado), Clínica Hospital Nacional,  Santa Fé, Clínica  Hospital Bella Vista,  San Judas Tadeo, and some state hospitals like Santo Tomás (with a prime trauma center), 24 Diciembre, San Miguel Arcángel and others in the "interior" (other parts of the country besides the capital city), as well as the Social Security hospital, for Panamanians under this plan.

The "hospital city" is under construction, which will concentrate all state needs in hospitalization, and will be one of the most modern centers in the region.

In addition, all visitors have the benefit of a 30 days free medical emergency insurance, all included, courtesy of the government Tourism Authority, which has been very successful for many years.  Panamá is the only country that offers that service.   Visitors can request the brochure upon entrance to the International airport.

 

[Editor’s note: According to a press release August 1, 2014, the Panama Authority of Tourism stated that no charge tourist insurance coverage is no longer being offered.]

Daryl Ries of Keller Williams Panama, associate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Coronado, Panama has a clinic open 24 hours a day that is staffed by one of Panama City's best hospitals. The doctors and staff speak English and most have USA medical training, which is common in Panama.
 
There is also a dental clinic in the mall and with the growth of the area and population coming from abroad, more medical services will become available at high standards as expected. 
Jaime Patino of MEDICAL SERVICE PANAMA, S.A. (MS PANAMA, S.A.) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
San Fernando Hospital, Coronado, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn Panama, most of the doctors speak fluent English, and also have studied back in US and some in Europe.
 
-- On a personal note, I can tell you that it's happened more than once that one of my customers tells me a story like this--
 
"I went back to US to see my doctor, and in the process of me having a conversation with him about me living in Panama, he just tells me, 'What are you doing here in the US?  Get in touch with Doctor .... in Panama; he studied with me in the University, and he will take care of you.'"
 
In San Fernando Hospital, Coronado Panama (pictured above), they have available all the specialties, although you may need to set up an appointment days prior to your visit to the doctor, who as I mentioned, most of the time, speaks English.

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