Panama draws expats and retirees from many parts of the globe due to its tropical terrain and international business ties from the Panama Canal.
While the Central American nation has always been known for its travel industry, many do not know that Panama offers some of the best health care services in the region. Specifically, in Panama City, there are four major hospitals all renowned for their service and care. This access to quality health care is yet another reason why expats flock to Panama.
However, before you go ashore, you’ll want to make sure your health insurance is in order.
Expats are not required to have health insurance in Panama, which means you can either pay out of pocket for all services or invest in a private health insurance plan before they leave for Panama. While Panama has been working for the past few years to implement a universal health care system for citizens and permanent residents, the coverage is very basic (if you are even eligible to enroll), so private insurance may be your best option.
Local insurance plans can provide short-term cost savings, but they may come with lower maximum limits and typically only offer coverage inside of Panama. For the true global traveler, or someone looking for additional worldwide coverage when traveling away from home, including emergency evacuation coverage or a higher maximum limit, international health insurance is the best option. Depending on the provider network, an international health insurance plan may also give you access to some of the top facilities in Panama.
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