I’ve been reading a couple posts on Don Ray Williams’ site, Chiriqui Chatter recently about healthcare and hospitals in Panama, and they’ve been the cause of nightmares for someone who’s seriously considering retiring in Panama in the not too distant future.
Here’s a link to one of his posts : This deserves a special post.
About Don: he is the current Warden for David for the U.S. Embassy in Panama City, and his site is full of well-informed and useful information.
“A Warden is a private U.S. citizen who volunteers to assist the American Citizen Services section in communicating with Americans in Panama, preparing for disasters and alerting Americans to emergency situations. Warden Systems provide a reliable way to reach American citizens in the event of an emergency as well as facilitate the distribution of routine administrative information. Wardens provide updates on ongoing events to Americans in their district and organizations and assist in the enrollment of newcomers in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) program. In emergencies, Wardens may be called upon to help locate missing Americans, or visit an American citizen in a jail or hospital.”
Given Don’s knowledge and experience, I worry indeed that I’ve somehow managed to acquire the impression that healthcare in Panama is affordable, and of a reliably high quality – an impression that Don’s posts (and his readers comments) are briskly consigning to the dust heap of fanciful illusions perhaps.
This calls for more independent research on the subject of healthcare and insurance in Panama. Anyone out there reading this, with reliable information to share – I would be most grateful.