Visiting the Doctor in Peru



In certain Peruvian towns and provinces, healthcare may not be something expats feel secure about, but in the bigger cities such as Lima, the capital, and Arequipa, the situation is different. Here, one can find excellent medical facilities and internationally trained professionals providing medical care to locals and foreign residents. However, expats in Peru may find that private and major hospitals often give better service than those run by governments, especially in the treatment of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria, diabetes and cancer. For this reason, most of them find taking out international health insurance to access a wider network of provider and as a wise step to take in securing their health.

It is also wise to ensure that one's insurance company will cover medical payments and miscellaneous fees in Peru. It is best to take advantage of the various expat-specific private health insurance offering policies that will cater to the unique needs of foreigners such as evacuation and geographical coverage that could include treatment back home if necessary. But while one has insurance, visiting a doctor in Peru will still require upfront payment that can be later reimbursed by the insurer. Appointment setting is recommended, although, in some cases, walk-in consultations may be allowed.

In comparison to western countries, medical care in Peru is cheap, and hospitals have English-speaking medical staff. When choosing a doctor, personal referrals are still the best way to find a good one. But for those who do not have many trusted friends, they may inquire at the Colegio Medico del Peru where all doctors must be registered before they can legally practice in the country.