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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Medical services in Quito. January 2015.

You are new in town and facing medical problem. Where to go?
If your Spanish is enough to talk to the medical personnel, I would recommend Hospital Vozandes http://www.hospitalvozandes.org/
In Hospital Vozandes the doctor's appointment is $20 (2014 prices), some of doctors speak English, but you cannot count on it.

If you prefer to communicate in English - Hospital Metropolitano is more suitable for you.
In Hospital Metropolitano the doctor's appointment cost $40 - $60 (2014 prices), most of the doctors speak English.

The system works this way - if you have medical problem take a taxi and go to the Hospital, go to the information desk and tell what kind of problem or what kind of doctor you want to see and make sure that doctor speaks English (in Hospital Metropolitano).. Usually(especially in morning hours) some doctors are available immediately or shortly.
After you made a contact with the doctor you can call his office directly for appointment - "cita" in Spanish (Metropolitano) or in Vozandes you call customer service and ask an appointment with certain doctor.

Make sure that you have cash, some doctors in Hospital Metropolitano accept credit cards, some not.  In Metropolitano doctors are like independent contractors, you pay to their office.
In Hospital Vozandes, the doctors are part of the hospital, you pay to the hospital's cashier (VozAndes accept international credit cards if the amount to be paid is $35 and more) and then go to your assigned doctor.


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