Information for Patients
Argentina’s healthcare system, under the authority of the government department ‘La Administracion Nacional del Seguro de Salud,’ is divided into Public, Private and Social Security. Although the public system’s centralization is at the provincial level, primary care is usually managed by each city. Since Argentina’s economic crisis in 2001, it’s structures and management has exhibited deterioration and inefficiency. Despite this, around 50% of Argentines rely on the public system and only 5% choose private hospitals, with the remainder choosing the third system called the ‘obras sociales’ or ‘OS’. Buenos Aires provides the best selection of quality medical care, with treatment varying outside of it.
General practitioners do not practice from clinics or offices, but rather from hospitals on an appointment basis.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Certification requires membership in W.A.D.A., a branch of the Asociacion Medica Argentina, and applicants must apply between April 1 and 30th of each year and provide the necessary documents. For re-certification, they require a minimum of 5 years of practice in the specialty.
Foreign medical graduates from countries who have signed an agreement with Argentina, namely, Bolivia, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Peru, Mexico, and Chile, must validate their university degrees online (link for convalidaciones found in references). They may then obtain authorization for and recognition to practice in Argentina. Applicants from other countries must contact both the University Management Department of Ministry of Education Argentina and Ministry of Health Argentina.
Information for Travelers
Travelers are recommended to purchase travel insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment, as medical facilities can be expensive, despite being adequate. It is advisable to vaccinate against Yellow fever if traveling to certain parts of the country, and avoid mosquitoes as, dengue fever is risk as well. Besides Zika virus and hantavirus, other risks include an aggravation of asthma, sinus and bronchial problems due to pollution (in major centres).
Ministry of Health in Argentina: https://www.argentina.gob.ar/salud