Paraguay

Information for Patients

Private and public health are offered in Paraguay. The public health sector is run by the state and is generally of good quality, with lower quality service found in the more rural areas. Universal healthcare is offered free of charge to all Paraguayan citizens. That being said, the standards are not of European or the USA, with many going to Brazil to seek more advanced treatment or reverting to private practice. 

Information for Health Care Professionals

All medical professionals must have all legal documents both notarized and legalized via local authorities. Upon submission the local Paraguayan embassy, exams for specific specialty must be submit. 

The language of medical instruction in Paraguay is Spanish.


Information for Travelers 

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Rabies are recommended but not required. 

The common language of hospitals in Paraguay is both Spanish and Guarani. Very few medical professionals speak English and some along the Brazilian border may speak Portunol (Spanish-Portuguese mix). Some private sector doctors can speak English but mainly in the capital of Asuncion. 

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://www.mspbs.gov.py/index.php 


References:
 
https://www.internations.org/go/moving-to-paraguay/living 

https://www.paho.org/salud-en-las-americas-2017/?p=4292 

https://www.liveandinvestoverseas.com/country-hub/paraguay/health-care-in-paraguay/ 

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/paraguay 

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273120644_A_Cautionary_Tale_The_%27New%27_Medical_Tourism_Industry_in_Argentina