El Salvador

Information for Patients

Healthcare in El Salvador is extremely varied with public hospitals (run by the Ministry of Health), Private sector, military hospitals and designated union and specialist hospitals depending on profession and life status (e.g.: Teacher’s Hospitals and Disabled Hospitals. Public hospitals vary throughout the country but are generally understaffed and lack basic equipment. Private sector hospitals have a quality on par with international standards. 

Public health is generally provided for Salvadorian citizens only via ISSS (the country’s main social security network) and the National Health Insurance. Foreigners should apply for their own health insurance. 


Information for Health Care Professionals

All medical professionals must have all legal documents both notarized and legalized via local authorities. Upon submission the local Uruguayan embassy, exams for specific specialty must be submit. It is important to know that it is against the law to terminate any pregnancy, whether the pregnancy is viable (general abortion) or not with punishment of imprisonment.

The language of medical instruction in El Salvador is Spanish.


Information for Travelers 

No vaccines are required for El Salvador. Due to the spread of the Zika virus, in which a person could pass on anencephaly in pregnancy, it is advice to wear protect against mosquitos which carry the virus. 

The common language of hospitals in El Salvador is Spanish. 

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://www.gub.uy/ministerio-salud-publica/ 


References:
 
 https://www.pacificprime.com/country/americas/el-salvador-health-insurance-pacific-prime-international/ 

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/el-salvador 

https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/un-committee-el-salvador-absolute-ban-on-abortion-violates-human-rights 

https://www.worldbank.org/en/results/2019/04/25/renovating-the-public-health-care-system-in-el-salvador