Ecuador

Information for Patients

There are two heath sectors in Ecuador: public and private. The Ministry of health provides, via public hospitals, basic services such as maternal health, surgery, clinical medicine and pediatrics. Specialty hospitals are also government covered and are both fully equipped and serviceable. Community health centres called Centros de Salud are day hospitals which provide fast care same day care to patients. In the rural areas, health services tend to be provided by NGOs and charities due to inequality in services. 

Universal healthcare is provided to all Ecuadorians as a right, including emergency health services. There is a general preference for private healthcare due to the higher quality and faster turnover in services. 

Information for Health Care Professionals

All medical professionals must have all legal documents both notarized and legalized via local authorities. Upon submission the local Peruvian embassy, exams for specific specialty must be submit. Please check requires related to the appropriate Peruvian medical society.

The language of medical instruction in Ecuador is Spanish. 

Dentistry is a popular field of medicine in Ecuador due to demand from rising medical tourism influx.

Information for Travelers 

Many flock to Ecuador for dental and oral medicine, due to the high quality of practitioners in the country. 

Yellow fever, hepatitis A and B vaccines are recommended but not required. Rabies. There is also a risk of the Zika virus contracted from infected mosquitos and can pose a potential risk to both men and women looking to conceive. Please check travel advisory for more updated details. 

The common language of hospitals in Ecuador will be Spanish. Rudimentary Spanish for foreigners will be required. 

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://www.salud.gob.ec 


References:
 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6123085/ 

https://internationalliving.com/countries/ecuador/health/ 

https://www.paho.org/salud-en-las-americas-2017/?p=4272 

https://cuencahighlife.com/medical-tourism-industry-sees-ecuador-and-cuenca-as-a-hot-market-say-costs-are-among-the-lowest-in-the-world/