Information for Patients

Healthcare is operated by five key sectors: the Ministry of Health (MINSA), EsSalud (Peruvian social security system for sector workers), military healthcare (FFAA), police healthcare (PNP) and private sector. In rural and poor areas, primary and emergency healthcare is provided by international NGOs such as MSF, Partners in Health and UNICEF. Healthcare throughout the country is unequal and inconsistent, with the best healthcare concentrated in major cities.

Healthcare provided by MINSA is free to the public. EsSalud is also free but certain services require additional coverage. Military healthcare is solely accessible to the Peruvian military as is police healthcare for Peruvian police force. Private health care accounts for 10% of the country and is concentrated in major cities such as Lima and Cuzco. Foreigners should purchase health insurance prior to their travel.

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 Peru is Spanish. 

Due to a rise in medical tourism and societal norms on beauty, cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are popular fields of medicine

Information for Travelers 

Like many countries in Latin America, cosmetic surgery is popular and due to the low price point, many flock for procedures. It is worth noting that quality varies considerably throughout 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 Peru will be Spanish. Rudimentary Spanish for foreigners will be required. In the rural areas, Quechua (the native language of the Incas) will be spoken.  

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: