Panama City has often been known as the Dubai of the Americas. This is a modern and safe city, and the best place in the Central American region to head to for medical tourism. The cost of living is low here and yet the city has been Americanised somewhat, making it particularly popular with medical tourists from the US and Canada.
Visitors will find that Panama City has a lot of things going for it in the medical world besides its good looks and cheapness. Primarily, this includes good hospitals and a wide range of medical procedures available at realistic prices. It is worth noting that the city is quite close to the US, with flights from Miami taking around two hours.
Although the city has just one fully certified hospital listed by the Joint Commissions International agency, Panama City boasts several quality, privately-owned hospitals and clinics able to perform procedures for medical tourists. They provide quality care, usually through physicians trained in the US that can speak English effectively. The top hospitals are able to perform the latest procedures using state-of-the-art equipment.
Advantages of Medical Tourism
Panama City is considered to be the safest city to visit in Central America and is a relatively short flight from the US and Canada when compared with flight times to Europe. Savings on treatment can be anywhere between 25 and 80 percent, with 50 percent the norm for most procedures. Although the city may not be as cheap as Bangkok. the closer proximity is a big draw.
Panama City also has a lot going for it as a tourist destination. The streets here are relatively safe and there is good shopping, museums and nightlife. The city has a setting on the Pacific Ocean, to boot, and there are many nice beaches to check out, while hotels are well priced.
Most procedures are undertaken by Panama City hospitals and clinics, with cosmetic surgery to the face and breast areas being most popular here. The city is also known for offering quality dental care, as well as orthopaedic surgery, LASIK eye procedures, stem cell therapy, and fertility and cancer treatments.
Hospitals here are especially good for cosmetic and dental surgery, and there are several to choose from. The Hospital Punta Pacifica is a private hospital and one of the best, boasting hundreds of Panama City doctors, most of which have received their training and accreditation in the US or Europe. Of note, the Hospital Punta Pacifica is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International.
The Clinica Hospital San Fernando also has a huge supply of doctors and most medical procedures are available. This hospital is fully equipped with modern equipment and performs a range of medical specialties daily.
For dental work in Panama City, Eisenmann & Eisenmann is perhaps the best choice. It has four highly accredited doctors, all of whom can perform cosmetic dentistry, along with general work and periodontics. Dental implants in Panama City are between 50 and 60 percent of the cost of similar work in the US.