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Jeff Barton of Punta Pacifica Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
New Year's message from Punta Pacifica Hospital, Panama City, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes, there are English-speaking doctors in Panama. Many of the Panamanian doctors at the top hospitals, such the Punta Pacifica Hospital (affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital in the US) and the Paitilla Hospital (both of which are in the heart of Panama City) received their medical training in the US in various US medial schools.  As a result they are bilingual because they went to medical school on an English platform.  
 
(New Year's message from Punta Pacifica Hospital, Panama City, Panama, pictured.)
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Clinica Einstein, Panama City, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes, there are English-speaking doctors in Panama. There’s a great practice on Via Argentina in Panama City called the Einstein Clinic. I know all of the doctors there. Every time I go back it seems like there’s a different doctor. They’re all quite young and they all speak good English.
 
All doctors in Panama City under the age of 35 speak English now. I find the Einstein Clinic on Via Argentina in Panama City to be great. I would highly recommend it. The fee is cheap. A normal visit to the doctor is US $30 if you pay cash, without insurance.
 
I went to see the doctor there one time and when I came back, they didn’t even charge me for the follow-up. They’re a great practice. They’re located above the España. It’s right in the middle, in El Cangrejo in the middle of Panama City.
 
I’ve only experienced English-speaking doctors in Panama City. I’ve had emergencies where we’ve ended up at Punta Pacifica, one of the private hospitals here. It’s a nice, new private hospital. I’ve been down there a couple of times with other people, visiting people. The doctors clearly spoke English. I don’t think that’s an issue here.
 
If you went outside of Panama City, the facilities are a lot more rustic. The feel of Panama City is almost a First World city as far as facilities go. It’s quite surprising to most people when they come here. We have clients coming down here to Panama City, it’ll be their first time here, and they’re always quite taken aback when they see the city. They call it a mini Miami.
 
However, when you go to David or Colón especially, it’s more like what you would expect in Central America, a lot more provincial, shall we say; nowhere near the facilities or the level of English that you would get in Panama City.
 
(Clinica Einstein, Panama City, Panama, pictured.)
MANUEL GRANADOS  of MEDICAL SERVICE PANAMA, S.A. (MS PANAMA, S.A.) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Doctors at Santo Tomas hospital, Panama City, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living90% of the doctors here in the country of Panama are bilingual. Most of them have been trained in the US.
 
I’m not sure about the nurses. What I know is that in San Fernando Hospital in Panama City, they always try to hire bilingual staff.  Sometimes we get complaints because the nurse does not speak English.  However, the nurses follow the doctor’s instructions. 
 
(Canadian doctor, Dr  James Oestreicher works with doctors from Santo Tomas hospital in Panama City, Panama, pictured.) 
Gonzalo de la Guardia of Panasurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Panama doctors – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are many English-speaking doctors in Panama. In the private hospitals in Panama City such as Punta Pacifica, Centro Medico Paitilla, etc., at least half of their medical staff studied in the US, so they are fluent in English and Spanish. They are a very qualified group of doctors.
 
Outside Panama City, you can still find some English-speaking doctors, especially in David or Penonome.
 
A lot of doctors here in Panama sought medical training in the US, so they speak English. They went to medical schools in Panama, but they underwent training for the specialties in the US, Canada, or South America. So it is easy to find an English-speaking doctor in Panama.
Terry Bradford of Origen Real Estate Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Centro Medico Paitilla Panama City Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe doctors in Punta Pacifica Hospital and Centro Medico Paitilla in Panama City, Panama are English speaking. Other hospitals have bilingual doctors.

In many cases, the doctors were trained in the United States but came back to their native country of Panama to continue their practice. A lot of these doctors were trained in Johns Hopskins and in Tulane University so they speak English fluently.

Shai Gold of International-Triage Medical Networks – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes, many doctors in Panama speak English.  Craig Morrisssey of Hospital Nacional is correct in his answer to this question by pointing out that doctors are "independent contractors".  Except for the ER doctors, all doctors work for themselves. 
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Panamá is a bilingual country.  And not only its medical doctors, but most of the medical offices and clinics have bilingual personnel.  And not only English, but other languages as well.  Panama has become, as always has been, a multicultural place and center for trade, transportation hubs, and services of all kinds.  The study of different languages is a matter of careful analysis in schools, especially private schools, and a second language is a main consideration for graduation.
 
Because of these reasons, Panama has become a destination for several worldwide call centers, like Dell Computer, and others.
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Even though Panama is a small country, it has a large number of excellent  bilingual medical doctors, both general practice, and specialists of all kinds as well.  And not only in traditional medicine, but also in homeopathy, holistic, and a variety of well- establish centers for  alternative medicine methods.
 
The Panamanian law for School of Medicine is very strict, and graduates, both local and Panamanians who study abroad, have to complete an extensive training program before they can be accredited as professionals in the field and receive accreditation from medical leaders in foreign countries.  Panama also offers MD´s from other countries are legally established in Panama.
 
The Panamanian school board includes English in their educational program, which is one reason why MD´s, as well as almost all local professionals, speak several languages, mainly English, not to mention that many of them study for their masters or PHD´s  abroad, and their clinics have the latest technology.
Alan Filliger of Alana la Casa del Arte – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
There are many English speaking doctors and dentists in Panama.  We have lived in Panama for seven years and have very good doctors and dentists who speak both English and Spanish.  We live on the Caribbean Cost and we go for our medical needs primarily in Colon at the private hospital in Quatro Altos.  We self pay and the prices are very reasonable.  $20 for a general doctor visit, $50 for a specialist.
 
Craig Morrissey of Hospital Nacional – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes, there are a great many English speaking doctors in Panama.  In fact, for any type of specialty you will be able to find a bi-lingual specialist.  It is worth noting that in Panama, the doctors are not employees of the hospital, they are independent contractors.  So here you do not call up the hospital for an appointment, you go straight to the doctor.  There are consultorios (medical offices) attached or very close to most hospitals.
 
Michael Ducharme of Lotus Garden – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes, there are many English-speaking doctors in Panama. A good percentage of doctors in Panama were trained in the U.S. In the case of specialists, this is even more true, since there are many doctors that earn their M.D. certificate in Panama, and subsequently travel to the U.S. or Europe to continue studying in their chosen specialty.

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