Healthcare in Panama is provided through the public and private sector. The public sector is funded through the Ministry of Health and the Social
Security System. Healthcare is generally good and affordable. But problems with public health care are usually found in the countryside, on the
rural areas of Panama, where they struggle with lack of funding and non-availability of doctors. Many of the doctors working in Panama, prefer to
go to the cities, where they have higher patient loads and where they are better paid.
Emergency medical services are located primarily in Panama City, where 911 services are available. EMS services drop off dramatically, and even
though tourism is expanding rapidly, services for expats are still limited, and many do not know where to obtain an insurance card. Although
medical care is cheaper in Panama than in the US, or other highly developed nations, considering the average Panamanian wage, these cost
virtually the same.
Some doctors in Panama are highly trained in the US, but few are board-certified. However, many of them have been trained in high quality
medical schools in Mexico, Spain, Panama and Cuba.
And talking about health, Panama is considered to be the world's best retirement haven. People choose to retire in Panama, because the
cost-of-living is affordable, and there is sunshine all year-round. Also there are a lot of other retirees establishing foreign residency
in the country; this means that expatriates will almost immediately find a community to settle in. Additional to this, people can find grocery
stores in Panama City like the ones they would find at any big US city.