Healthcare in Argentina
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Healthcare in Argentina
The majority of hospitals in Argentina have highly trained workers, many of which have qualified overseas. You may find that, in some regions of the country, hospitals may not have the most contemporary equipment or facilities, but what is there is sufficient for emergencies.
Some serious medical cases that requiring hospitalisation to your country of origin can be expensive. Private doctors, clinics and hospitals commonly require immediate payment for treatment.
The health care system is structured around the public and private:
The Public Sector offers free care for patients. However, a fee is charged to outpatients for medicine. This sector covers roughly half the population
For the Private Sector, patients must pay the complete cost of their healthcare. It is used by roughly 5% of the population
The rest of the population are covered by Mutuals or social plans. These provided by trade unions. Employers and employees each pay a fixed amount of money toward it.
Contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.
Medical facilities are good, but can be expensive. Public hospitals tend to be crowded. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. If you have a specific condition you should bring a sufficient quantity of medical supplies and medicines with you.
Asthma, sinus and bronchial problems can be aggravated by the polluted atmosphere in the major cities.
Dengue Fever can occur throughout the year.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 107 or 911 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.