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David Btesh of Pacific Realty / Pacific Developers – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Punta Pacifica Hospital, Panama City, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes, there are American trained doctors in Panama.  For example, right next to where I live here in Panama City, Punta Pacifica Hospital is a very high-end hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital in the United States.  The physicians at Punta Pacifica can send emails with photos, do live streaming, and can interact on-line in real time to a doctor at Johns Hopkins to answer questions before doing a surgery.
 
To give you an idea of the quality and reputation of the healthcare services here in Panama City, a large union in the United States was recently in negotiations to bring their workers to Panama for healthcare services.   The reason is that the prices for healthcare services here in Panama can run 1/3 of the price in the US.  As a result, for example, a patient could have a hip transplant with his wife in the hotel next to him in Panama and the bill will still be 1/3 of the price in the United States. The same would be true of a heart transplant.
 
Having medical procedures done in Panama as opposed to in the US is a very great option because it is less expensive in Panama, with very good doctors, some of whom were trained in the US, and others who were trained in England and various other countries known for quality healthcare.
 
In the country of Panama, if you were in need of a major surgery, you would come to Panama City.   If you have a broken leg, there are clinics and hospitals in other places in the country that can provide you good service.  The same is true for snakebites and similar situations. There are smaller hospitals in each of the counties of Panama and many of the doctors travel back and forth. But from one end of the country to the other is 6 hours by car and one hour by air, so it is not a long distance to come to Panama City if you need to.
 
(Pictured: Punta Pacifica Hospital, Panama City, Panama)
Mirhanna Sandoya of Lucero Homes, Golf & Country Club – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Universidad de Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingPanama has a lot of American-trained doctors, but most of our doctors are either trained in our national university, which is very good, or in Cuba. Cuba has the reputation of having and producing the best doctors.
 
My sister was born in the US, and I think that when people in the United States hear that doctors are trained in Cuba, that does not give them confidence, because Cuba is an extremely poor country, so they think, “How could they have good healthcare?” Despite that, I still strongly believe that Panama has very well-trained doctors. 
 
Doctors who are trained in Cuba, even though Cuba has been a closed country to the rest of the world, have had education that has always been one of the best in Latin America. Students who come from Cuba and study in Panama are so knowledgeable, maybe because Cubans have nothing else to do basically but study all the time. Education in Cuba is free, so Cubans have a lot of books, and a lot of time to invest in their studies. I do believe that Cubans are very well-educated. 
 
The Panamanian National University is also considered one of the best medical schools in Latin America. Panama has very, very good doctors. Several of my high school classmates who were the best in our class found it very, very difficult because being in medical school is tough. Basically, anywhere you are in the world, it’s going to be tough, but being in medical school here in Panama is tougher. If a student is having problems with just one subject and fails that subject, he automatically has to repeat the whole year. That’s why graduating medical school tells you that you either studied very, very, very hard, or you’re incredibly smart.
 
(Universidad de Panama, pictured.)
Duncan McGowan of Punta Pacifica Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Dr Isabel Aguilera, volunteer faculty anaesthesiologist from Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes, definitely, there are American-trained doctors in Panama. The majority of the doctors in Panama City do some sort of training in the US, either because they did their entire schooling in the US or they did their schooling in Panama City and specialized in the US.
 
Probably the best hospital in Panama City is Punta Pacifica Hospital, which is an affiliate of Johns Hopkins. The doctors there would be bilingual and many of them were trained in the US.
 
Another popular place for Panamanian doctors to go to finish their education as doctors is Spain, so Spain and the US would be the primary places for Panamanian doctors to get their training.  
 
(Eye doctor from Wales in Panama, pictured.)
MANUEL GRANADOS  of MEDICAL SERVICE PANAMA, S.A. (MS PANAMA, S.A.) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Universidad of Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI know many doctors in Panama who have been trained in the United States for their specialty.
 
The medical schools here in Panama are very good, too. I have heard that the medical schools here are the best in all of Central America.
 
I don’t know how other doctors are trained in the US, but what I always hear is that the medical schools here are very good. This is especially true for those doctors who graduated from Universidad de Panama, which is the public hospital. This university only offers around 50 seats and only gives the seats to the people with high grades.
 
The doctors in Panama are very good. I would say, pretty much the same as the doctors in the US.
 
(The University of Panama, Panama City, pictured.)
 
Antonio Cheng – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Most of the doctors in Panama City were trained in the US. They studied here in Panama and took their specialty in the US. Hospital Punta Pacifica in Panama City is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and Hospital. Another good hospital in Panama City is Centro Medico Paitilla and Hospital Nacional. Many doctors have clinics in several hospitals where they attend to their patients. The costs to see a doctor is higher in Hospital Punta Pacifica and Centro Medico Paitilla than in Hospital Nacional, but you do get the same quality of doctors and equipment. The level of medical care in these three hospitals is equivalent to what you would get in a very good hospital in the US.
 
People from the US go to Panama City for medical services and that tells you that these doctors and hospitals in Panama City are good, plus you can get the services for a lot less money.
Karen Walter of Local Travel Excursions – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I have met with many hospital administrators throughout Panama. There are many American-trained physicians that speak English in the country.  Our tour clients are usually very satisfied to meet with doctors and talk a little about the quality of care they can expect, which is on par with any service they would find in the US.
 
However, I usually remind folks that American- trained doctors do not always have an English -speaking staff.  Communication can be a challenge for those who do not speak Spanish.  But, the quality of care should surpass your expectation. 
Terry Bradford of Origen Real Estate Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

American-trained doctors in Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAll the doctors that we know in Panama were trained in Johns Hopkins, Tulane University, and Georgetown and they come back here to Panama to practice.

All of our doctors (or at least 90% of them), whether they be a dermatologist, an internist or a cardiologist, were trained in the US. You can ask them or you will see their diplomas. Also, they are all bilingual.

Sieg Pedde of Helix Courier Limited – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
You can find a lot of American-trained medical professionals in Panama. Many of the doctors that work in Panama were trained in the United States. We can say that they are highly skilled and well-trained medical doctors since many of the young individuals from Panama who wanted to study, not just medicine but just about anything else, went to different American universities.
Shai Gold of International-Triage Medical Networks – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes, there are several US trained doctors in Panama, mostly in specialties and subspecialties. One should note that many Latin doctors travel for fellowships in Spain, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Argentina, where there is higher volume and exceptional medical training.
 
US training should not be the sole criteria for selecting a doctor.  Select an English speaking doctor with whom you can communicate.  Look for credentials from the above listed countries. When selecting a specialist, consider the suggestion of your internist (PCP) but do not always accept it at face value.  Doctors typically receive a 10% referral commission form their friends.
 
In Panama it is like it is in any country, including the US.  They all mean well.  However, there are good doctors and then there are ....better doctors.
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The medical schools in Panamá are considered prime medical centers, recognized worldwide.  Most of the graduate students from these schools have secondary studies and masterships outside of Panamá, mainly in the US and Europe, as well as continuous education inside and outside Panamá , making them very competent and reliable.
 
As a matter of fact, they are several Panamanian doctors that are chiefs of surgery in the most important hospitals in the US, or in other important medical centers, like the Cancer Center in Houston, making them icons of Panamanian medicine.  And they contribute a great deal to Panamanian social causes to less privileged citizens.
Gonzalo de la Guardia of Panasurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes indeed !!! There are many Panamanian US trained doctors working at private hospitals in Panama.  Probably hundreds !!!  Trained at some of the best hospitals in the US (Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Jackson Memorial, etc. etc.), they will speak fluent English and have diplomas of some of the best medical schools in the world hanging on their office walls !
 
Carlos Garcia de Paredes, MD of Hospital Santa Fe – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes, there are may American and Canadian trained doctors in Panama, practicing a variety of specialties, including general surgery, cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics, etc.   For example, I went to medical school in New York and trained in general and pediatric surgery in Boston, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia, where I worked with Dr. C. Everett Koop, who was later Surgeon General of the United States.   There are many other doctors in Panama who trained in the U.S. and speak English fluently.
Dr. Charles A. Garcia of Clinica Dental de Galerias Balboa – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes, there are excellent American trained medical doctors in Panama.  Panama was fortunate to have a close association with the US with the presence of the former Canal Zone where many Panamanians received their high school education and then went on to get their college and medical training in the United States.

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