Uruguay

Information for Patients

Healthcare in Uruguay is among the second best in the world and is divided between private and public. Within the public healthcare system, there is ASSE which is free of charge for low income citizens. Private healthcare – known as mutalisita – is available for citizens and foreign residents and has a global appeal for being the most affordable in the world. Membership is only $100 a month with no deduction or additional cost. However, hospitals that accept mutalista are always private.


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. 

The language of medical instruction in Uruguay is Spanish.


Information for Travelers 

As abortion is legal in Uruguay, many (especially from Brazil) travel to Uruguay to terminate pregnancies in a legal and safe manner.

No vaccines are required for Uruguay. 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 Uruguay is Spanish. 

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


References:
 
https://internationalliving.com/countries/uruguay/health-care/ 

http://marcapaisuruguay.gub.uy/uruguays-health-system-among-three-best-health-systems-world/ 

https://www.paho.org/salud-en-las-americas-2017/?p=4314 

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-information 

http://www.womensmediacenter.com/fbomb/why-uruguay-is-one-of-the-only-latin-american-countries-to-legalize-abortion