A long stay in Ecuador requires you to have at hand all of the things necessary to live well and health is one of the first things to take into account. Ecuador offers good hospitals, emergency centers and pharmacies, some of them with bilingual services. Also, the British, German and US Embassies have lists of excellent professionals that speak the respective languages. In this section, we give you a general overview of health in Ecuador and a list of recommended physicians.
Health in Ecuador
The Ministery of Public Health is the entity in charge of standardizing, regulating and controlling the activities related to health of people and the environment, carried out by public and private entities. For this, the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS) was created and takes care of the Ecuadorian population in the areas of health, maternity, retirement, health risks, old age, invalidity, death.
Ecuador offers various hospitals , ambulance services, clinics and maternity services to those who need them. The emergency telephone for the National Police 101, Emergencies 911, Red Cross 131, will take you to any of these public centers. Trust more in the services in the big cities and capitals of the provinces, in the remote sites, attention can be absent or deficient. Revise our section on Health for the Traveler for recommendations in these places.