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Aerial view of Punta Paitilla and Punta Pacífica, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
Dear Newcomer,
 
First of all "Welcome to the Isthmus."
 
The Isthmus of Panama has great medical facilities.  Panama City (the capital)  has a Johns Hopkins affiliated medical center in the Punta Pacifica area.  Panama Republic also has (for the masses) the Social Security Health Care system, which is exemplary to the world due to the affordability.
 
There are private clinics everywhere you look. They are listed on the Panama Republic Yellow Pages and also searchable on-line.
 
If you have Health Insurance, most hospitals will accept a co-pay (verify with them first).  There is also local health insurance available.
 
As you know,  we are not allowed to advertise or promote any business on this here site, so please accept my apologies for not being more specific.
 
Glad to be of service,
 
Frank
 
(Aerial view of Punta Paitilla and Punta Pacífica, pictured.)
 
 
 
 
Charles Conn of The Visitor – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Hospital_Nacional_Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are no clinics in the Casco Viejo / Casco Antiguo area, though there are pharmacies that can fill prescriptions.   
 
If you really need to go to a hospital, the closest from Casco Viejo you can go to is Paitilla Hospital and Punta Pacifica, which is right by the Multi Plaza shopping mall. Punta Pacifica is affiliated with Johns Hopkins, so they tend to most of the expat communities. Both these hospitals would be about 10 to 15 minutes away from Casco Viejo / Casco Antiguo by car.
 
There is another hospital in the Coronado area called the San Fernando Clinic, which is one of the better hospitals in the country of Panama and that is another option for those in the beach area. It is about an hour and 45 minutes away from Panama City by car.
Patrizia Pinzon of Arco Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
We actually don’t have medical centers in Casco Viejo. We do have hospitals. We have a Johns Hopkins hospital which is in Punta Pacifica, about 15 minutes away by car. The other hospitals are between 10 to 15 minutes away by driving.  We do have a new pharmacy, Farmacia Sevilla, which is a very known pharmacy that just opened in Casco Viejo.  This is a huge milestone for us and we’re very happy about that.
 
Casco Viejo is basically five minutes away from the mall and city, so lots of amenities are easily reachable from here.
 
We do have local hospitals, for example, Hospital Nacional. It’s one of my favorites. Most of the doctors in Panama have studied in the States, so there are good doctors and great surgeons here.
 
I understand that the price for medical care is actually far lower here compared to the States. You have good quality of care here in Panama, as well.
Vannessa Solano of Activentas, S.A. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
It’s impossible for you to get a doctor’s appointment in Casco Viejo since there are no doctors in that area. The only places close to Casco Viejo where there are doctors are the Hospital Nacional and Punta Pacifica.  You can drive to either of these hospitals in about 15 minutes or so.
 
When you are in a hospital, it usually doesn’t take long to schedule a doctor’s appointment, although sometimes it really depends on the doctor. Private clinics, on the other hand, are totally different. You can just walk immediately into a private clinic whenever you want but you might have to wait a couple of minutes before someone accommodates you.
 
Generally, clinics are a lot cheaper compared to hospitals but they don’t offer insurance.
Rey Bazán of Activentas, S.A. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
(Casco Viejo and Casco Antiguo are different names for the same place.)
 
There are no medical facilities inside of Casco Viejo / Casco Antiguo proper, but the closest facility, assuming little traffic, is just 10 – 15 minutes away.  There are four excellent hospitals in the area within this distance or just slightly more, from closest to furthest: 
  • Clinica Nacional, in the area of Baya Vista.
  • Clinica Paitila, in the area of Marbella.
  • Punta Pacifica, which is associated with Johns Hopkins in the US.
  • Clinica San Fernando.
As you can see, there is no shortage of very high quality medical care within easy driving distance of Casco Viejo.
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Casco Viejo is Panamá City´s downtown.  It has colonial architecture, and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, with beautiful views to the entrance of the Canal, at the Bridge of the Américas.  There is a special law to protect Casco Viejo, as it has been named  "Universal Patrimony" by UNESCO, due the historical trajectory of this area since the 16th century.  Some historical buildings are the main attraction, like the Presidential Palace, several very antique churches, government buildings, the "Bóvedas (an antique fort against pirates), the National Theater, among others. 

Lately Casco Viejo has become a nice place to visit, due his many "cafés" and little restaurants, Punta Pacifica Hospital, Panama City, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livinglike in the "Paseo Las Olas" in Ft. Lauderdale (Florida), Coconut Grove (in Miami) or the French Quarter (New Orleans).  Even though some houses have been beautifully rebuilt,  it still remains a neighborhood in development, and not many families live there.

Casco Viejo is inside Panamá City, which is the reason why all medical facilities are within minutes away.  Taking Avenue Balboa, also known as "Cinta Costera", you´ll find a variety of private clinics like Paitilla and Punta Pacífica (which has a direct connection with John Hopkins Hospital, in the US and pictured here),  with professionals very well trained in Panamá universities, as well as abroad, many of them fluent in several languages, including English.

There are also spas and dermatological centers all over the city, with the latest technology and attractive prices.

Lately, Panamá is a favorite destination for medical treatments and surgeries, where foreigners and visitors find Panamanian professionals highly knowledgeable and where there excellent results at excellent prices.

Just to give some examples:  a regular medical office visit starts at $15 and up; a specialist is around $50 to $75; a small wax (face / women) $3.00; cataract eye surgery is around $2,000 (in a highly specialized center); a complete spa massage is around $60.

Poster for free medical care for tourists in the Republic of Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere is always the availability of Hospital Santo Tomás (St. thomas Hospital) which is a state hospital, considered to have the best trauma center in the country, and where the most complicated treatment could go around $22 and up.  Of course, it doesn´t have  pretty installations or private rooms, but the medical attention is very good.

And finally, the government offers a free medical assistance for visitors, for up to 30 days, covering absolutely everything while you visit Panamá, from attending you in your hotel, to any complicated surgery you might need in emergency.

Some hospitals in Panamá city are:  Punta Pacífica, Paitilla, San Fernando, Santa Fé, Clínica Nacional, San Judas Tadeo.   There are also some hospitals in Chorrera, Soná, Penonomé, David, Isla Bocas, Coronado (emergencies only), and government and private clinics in almost every town covering primary care.

 

[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.]​

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