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Hospitals - Medical Bolivia

Bolivia is one of South America's poorest and least developed countries, so finding good medical treatment can be a challenge. It's easier to find English speaking doctors in larger cities like La Paz and Santa Cruz, and the quality of health care in those cities is very often better than in rural areas. In general, avoid state-run hospitals which may not be equipped to handle serious medical conditions. These hospitals often only have the minimum necessary medical equipment and scarce access to medications and vaccinations. Waiting times can be very long as well. Private clinics, on the other hand, tend to have more state-of-the-art technology and access to more highly-trained doctors. Ambulance services, even in larger cities, can be difficult to come by.


Getting medical insurance before heading to Bolivia is a very good idea. While medical costs in Bolivia are generally lower than those in more developed countries, expenses can still add up quickly.  Keep in mind you may need to pay out of pocket for some medical expenses, even if you have insurance. One option many insurance companies offer is evacuation insurance. For a fairly cheap plan, evacuation insurance will allow you to be evacuated from the country you are traveling in to a health care facility of your choice in your home country. This can be a great option considering the variability of medical treatment in under-developed countries like Bolivia. It is also a good idea to see a travel doctor before departure and get the suggested vaccines for Bolivia. This can help prevent the need for treatment for things like Hepatitis A or Typhoid while traveling.


If you find yourself in need of a hospital in Bolvia, below are a few notable ones which may provide more reliable care:

  • CLINICA ANGEL FOIANINI, Santa Cruz. Avenida Irala # 468,
    (tel. 591-3-336-2211) - With top-notch doctors and minimal waiting times, this is Santa Cruz's best and most expensive clinic. The clinic istself is small, but very well managed.
  • HOSPITAL URBARI, Santa Cruz. Calle Igmiri # 555,
    (tel. 591-3-353-4000) - This clean and modern facility has friendly, knowledgeable and courteous staff. The doctors are excellent as well. the medical instruments and technology are very adequate and waiting times are minimal, even in emergencies. Probably the best hospital in Santa Cruz.
  • Clinica Cemes, La Paz. Av. 6 De Agosto 2881(tel. 0102/2430-360)- Small but more then adequate at treating less complicated injuries. It is very close to the US embassy and considered one of the better clinics in La Paz.
  • Clinica del Sur, La Paz. Avenida Hernando Siles and the corner of Calle 7 in the Obrajes neighborhood (tel. 0102/2784-001) - If you are experiencing an emergency or life-threatening condition, head straight to this well equipped hospital with 24 hour emergency services.


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11 Feb 2010

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