Chile

Information for Patients

Healthcare is offered in a mixed public-private scheme. The current public health system is extremely fragmented, with unequal service throughout the country. Public hospitals provide mainly general public healthcare including medical treatment services (dental, nursing, etc.). The private sector focuses on more specialized services such as oncology, etc. The health system us funded via a 7% contribution of Chilean salaries to the public health pool which is automatically deducted. 

National health insurance is provided by FONASA while private health is provided exclusively through ISAPRE. There are bespoke private insurance services that are sector specific (e.g.: trade union, the military, etc.). 76.3% of Chileans are insured by FONASA while 8.2% are ensured via the private insurance provider ISAPRE.

Information for Health Care Professionals

All medical professionals must legalize all academic and professional documents testifying to their specialty. They must equally be translated into Spanish. Documents must subsequently be notarized from the corresponding country and then certified at local Chillan embassy. Application to yearly Chilean medical exam is then required in order to obtain a license . The language of medical instruction in Chile is Spanish. 

Chile is the leader in emergency medicine, having received international recognition for the quality. 

Information for Travelers 

Chile has traditionally offered quality healthcare services and Chilean healthcare was considered the best in Latin America. Until recently, the system has become both patchy and deteriorated due to unequal services. 

The common language of hospitals in Chile will be Spanish. Rudimentary Spanish for foreigners will be required. Some doctors in Santiago can speak German due to cultural ties and high proportions of Germans in Chile but the numbers are dwindling, 

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://www.minsal.cl 


References:

https://www.paho.org/salud-en-las-americas-2017/?p=2518

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0716864017300299 

https://www.imtj.com/country/CL/