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Doctors in Bolivia, like hospitals, are better-equipped and more highly-qualified the closer you are to a major urban center. Cities like La Paz and Santa Cruz have a fair number of capable doctors, many of whom are from, or were trained in, the US and Europe. This means you can reasonably expect to find equipment and treatment such as you would have at home. Santa Cruz has a higher concentration of foreign  trained doctors then La Paz and other Bolivian cities.

Most doctors have small private offices for consultations and non emergency situations, and work out of a variety of hospitals for specific medical procedures. The patient can usually choose which hospital they would like to be treated at, but some insurance companies are choosier about which hospitals at which doctors can see patients. If you have a hospital preference, check around as to which doctors can accommodate you there.

Many doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash deposits for treatment. This may be reimbursed by your travel health insurance provider. Overseas insurance providers are not universally accepted and you should check with your insurance before you leave home as to what you will be covered for and where.

Some doctors which you can refer to include:

路        Dr. Firestone, Chiropractor: 3080 Av Alemania esq Litoral, Santa Cruz, Bolivia (tel: 591-3-343-5454)- is American and well-known in the American community. Him and his wife provide a range of services.

路        Dr. del Solar, Pediatrician: Urbar铆, Calle Pocherena Sur 247, Santa Cruz, Bolivia (tel: 591-3-353-7767)-studied in the U.S. and speaks English fluently.

路        Dr. Ruth Turner, Gynecologist, Surgeon: Calle Pari No. 90, Santa Cruz, Bolivia (tel: 591-3-332-8809)-is American but was born and raised in Bolivia. She is one of the doctors authorized to do medical exams needed by the consulate.

路        Dr. Ramiro De la Rocha, Internal Medicine: Calle 15 Calacoto, Edificio Ketal, La Paz, Bolivia (tel: 591-22-279-0080)-Trained in the US. Speaks English.

路        Dr .Eduardo Montero, Internal Medicine: CEMDI, Av. 6 de Agosto #2530, La Paz, Bolivia (tel: 591-22-243-2373)-U.S. trained, English speaking doctor.

路        Dr. Jaime Ter谩n, OBGYN: Edificio Rhesus, Calle G #1367, Calles Rene Moreno y Claudio Aliaga, La Paz, Bolivia (tel: 591-22-279-6589)-Another US trained, English speaking doctor.

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12 Feb 2010

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