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Ricord (Ric) Winstead, MD of Retirement Services International – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Hospital Punta Paitilla, Panama City, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are very few physicians that are really practicing in Clayton. Clayton is a suburb of Panama City so most of the physicians are in downtown Panama City.  You need to go to Panama City if you need to go to a hospital.
 
There are many US-trained physicians in Panama City who speak English.  Most of them go to the US for postgraduate and fellowship training. The vast majority of the specialists have been trained in the US.  Some are going to Europe most recently because the US has made itself unfriendly to foreigners coming in, which has taken a little bit of traffic down from Panama.
 
If you live in Clayton and you need to see a doctor, you can go to Panama City. Hospital Punta Paitilla is about 20 minutes away from Clayton and Punta Paitilla has the highest concentration of physicians in that area of Panama City.
 
(Pictured: Hospital Punta Paitilla, Panama City, Panama.)
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

MEDICAL CARE  IN  CLAYTON, PANAMA

Clayton is a nice neighborhood inside Panamá City, situated approximately 15 minutes from downtown, without traffic  (With traffic, its a different story.)

It´s closeness to Albrook Mall, Albrook domestic airport, the Panamá Canal, the Panamá Pacífico area (where many national and multi-national corporations have their headquarters), and the "interior" (countryside) which people enjoy, makes this place an ideal place to live.

Regarding medical care in general, as Clayton is still in development, there are only very few clinics established  specifically in Clayton, with the exception of the Social Security office, that in Panamá, operates as a medical clinic and hospital, but only for Panamanians workers and their beneficiaries.

But because Clayton is close by (traffic is almost always a problem) to other medical facilities, it is very easy to get to specialists or general medical care in case of need or emergency.

For instance, the closest large medical facility is "Hospital Santa Fé" which is an excellent medical institution, about which I can speak from personal experience, because my husband had a surgery there..  As a matter of fact, one doctor on their staff saved my husband's life years ago.  It´s considered a small hospital, but complete, and they offer some convenient monthly plans as well.

Driving a little longer, you´ll find other medical facilities, for example, in Paitilla, which has two hospitals available (Paitilla and Punta Pacífica/John Hopkins), and medical buildings will all the specialties you can think of.   Other hospitals around the city are: San Fernando, Nacional, San Judas Tadeo and  Bella Vista.

The medical staff in Panamá is highly trained.  Most medical graduates come from "Universidad de Panamá" , one of the most recognized medical schools in the American continent, even by the US medical board; and the majority of them, after completing their mandatory two years of local training, travel abroad to get their specialization degree either in the US or Europe, earning high and unique Ph.d´s for example in the most modern nuclear medicine.

Most Panamanians, not only in the medical field, speak at least two languages, as it is a requirement in the local school board curriculum, mainly in  private schools.

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