as the most health-conscious country in Latin America dates back
to the construction of the Panama Canal when the Isthmus was freed
from tropical diseases. Not only did U.S. doctors help to eradicate
malaria, yellow fever and typhoid; they inspired generations of
Panamanian physicians to train in the US and Europe and return
to their homeland to build hospitals with the latest technology.
With this background it is no wonder that Panama is now in the
vanguard of the health concept.
Health care in developed countries is generally exorbitantly
expensive often dogged by long waiting lists and indifferent care.
Now, especially in the internet age of universal communication,
people from these countries are realizing that they can get as
good or better treatment in other countries at a lower cost- and
have a holiday into the bargain.
Health and medical services in Panama are very good, mostly because
our medical professionals are well-trained abroad, bi-lingual
and board-certified; and our hospitals have the latest technologies
for surgery and sophisticated procedures.
On most procedures Panama offers savings of more than 50% over
US and European prices and in addition, medical expenses (including
travel) can be deductible under US tax law.
The recent influx of “Baby Boomers”
into Panama will serve to keep improving the facilities offered
Patients feel at ease here in Panama because
doctors and staff speak perfect English and feel that they are
treated with respect and that doctors are genuinely interested
in them as individuals instead of making them feel like a number.
Alternative and complementary and preventative medicine is also
well-represented in Panama. In the two Chinatowns of Panama city,
practitioners prescribe imported herbs which are available in
Chinese Supermarkets. Acupuncture has its own professional body
here -a branch of the Circulo de Investigadores de Acupunctura
Other disciplines include Homeopathy, Homotoxology, Herbal Medicine,
Prolotherapy, Intravenous Quelation, Magnetotherapy, Manual Therapies
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