If you still do not have any insurance in Ecuador do not worry. You can go to the existing health centers in Ecuador. We have hospitals, health centers, and primary health care centers. The only requirement is to go in the company of someone who can help you with translations of your symptoms as you probably will not find many people who can provide help in your language.
The processes are basic and you can access them for free. The central hospital of Cuenca Jose Carrasco Arteaga, provides medical care in all specialties and has the necessary equipment for all types of surgeries. Waiting times for an appointment with a specialist can be long; this being one of the problems of public systems in Ecuador.
Health centers like Pumapungo have general practitioners, gynecologists and pediatric care. The system is faster. You can go directly in the early hours of the morning – 7 AM – and request a medical appointment in the secretariat. If there is availability for the same day they will give you the time for your medical appointment, or you can call 171 option 1 and you can coordinate your appointment and choose a health center near your home. The calls are only with Spanish speakers so you will need a little help.
The public network is wide and you can find it all over the Ecuadorian territory. You must have an identification document such as your passport if you don’t have your id card yet. If you are interested in getting vaccinated you can also go to this center where you can get the main vaccines, such as tetanus, measles, flu, covid and others.
Remember that Ecuador has laws that protect public health in Ecuador as well as free and free education. If you need to access one of the free services in Ecuador and still do not know how to do it, you can contact us. We will help you without any cost. The list of hospitals and health centers is extensive and I have only named two of the best known in Cuenca.
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