Health is a crucial topic in the whole world, and of course, for Panama too. Panamanians usually are very healthy people, although it all depends on the lifestyle and consumption habits that they maintain. For this reason, having an efficient health system is essential. You never know when it is needed.
What is the Health System?
It is a set of various organizations or institutions that are responsible for the health of a particular place or country. A good health system requires a good foundation to function correctly.
A health system needs:
Financing for health projects.
Medical supplies in general, among others.
Panama Ministry of Health
In Panama, the body in charge of health is the Ministry of Health, which was created in 1969. This ministry ensures that the country has valid access to public health, but not only Panamanians but anyone who resides in the country.
The objective of the Ministry of Health of Panama is to protect the population and promote health services among all. Also, preserve, restore, and recover them.
Panama’s constitution protects and makes it very clear that anyone has the right to health in the country. Both private and public, regardless of their legal status in the country.
Benefits of the health system in Panama
Each district that makes up the country has a complete and equipped health center, where each citizen can attend. No matter where in Panama you are, there is undoubtedly a health center nearby.
In the health centers of Panama, you will find not only medical attention but also laboratory tests. Also, there are doctors of different specialties for any type of need, from dentists, gynecologists, and pediatricians.
For children under five years of age, health services are free; And then the amount to be paid is very symbolic; that is, it is very accessible to the entire population. There is no discrimination. They even offer psychosocial care to improve people’s well-being.
Panamanian hospitals and foreign citizens
In Panama, there are several leading hospitals, and the largest some accept health insurance from foreigners. Let’s remember that Panama is a very tourist country. Besides, its hospitals are considered the best in all of Latin America.
Also, for those foreigners without insurance, the government offers them a policy. This health policy is for 30 days and is free.