Yes, the doctors in Coronado, Panama are good. We’re very fortunate. We have a state of the art health clinic that opened a few years ago that’s the branch of one of the main hospitals in Panama City and that has great doctors.
In the past several years since the infrastructure has been booming here and we’ve had so many expats moving to the area, we’ve had private clinics open up in the area. We have from dentists to ophthalmologists, to general practitioners and the clinics bring in their own specialists depending on the day of the week.
They’re English speaking, which is great for our non-Spanish speaking clients.
The doctors are great and the cost is much, much, much lower than that in North America; it’s probably about half, if not less than half. For example, I have a friend who fell down and hit her head on the floor here. I took her to one of the hospitals here in Coronado, San Carlos (a public clinic), to have an x-ray, which cost US $10. To see a doctor at the public clinic it’s usually about a dollar and if you go to a private clinic with your insurance it’s a $20 copay.
My personal experience and the experience of others who I’ve met in the area is that the quality here is much, much better than in North America. Why? Because you can call your doctor on a cellphone, you can WhatsApp him or her any time of the day or night, you can get an appointment the same day if you need to, and when you go see a doctor here there’s no rush – they sit with you, they talk to you about what’s been going on, they’ll bring in another doctor if you need to, but you don’t feel rushed. You don’t feel like you’re just another number.
The doctors here are very approachable. I had sinus surgery last year. I called my doctor at night, I would What’s Up him, and I would send him pictures afterwards. If I needed to get in for an emergency or I needed to see him the same day he would make time for me. The service of the medical industry here in Coronado is great and the doctors are fantastic.
A lot of the doctors here in Coronado are trained in the US. One of my doctors, a surgeon, was a Harvard medical grad. Most of them speak English, they’re very well-trained and very approachable. I think it’s great. The few times that I’ve had to go to the doctor here in Coronado was a really positive experience.
(Woman enjoying a vacation and medical tourism in Panama, pictured.)