I hope that your stay in Buenos Aires goes smoothly. Nonetheless, there are unforeseen circumstances such as illness. What do you do if you get sick in Buenos Aires? Where can I find a doctor? Which doctor can I go to as a tourist? Which hospital is the best and is recommended? Emergency in Buenos Aires.
Are you or another person in a life-threatening state? Call 107! This is possible with your mobile phone. You have to be connected to an Argentinian mobile network.
I’m got ill in Buenos Aires. What should I do?
Before heading to a doctor, take always your passport or an ID with you. Or contact your embassy for more information. For instance, sometimes they can recommend hospitals,
Where do I find a doctor (non-emergency)?
Finding a general practitioner in Buenos Aires is difficult. Or you need to be affiliated with an Argentine health insurance company. In Argentina called “Obra Social”. Therefore, as a tourist isn’t that an option.
Option 1: Are you staying in a hotel? Most of the hotels have a general practitioner in their address book. Paying cash is acquired. But, ask for proof of payment and then hand it over to your insurance.
Option 2: Go to a “Centro Medico”. Swiss medical and Hospital Britanico do have small satellite medical centers. For instance, different kind of medics is available there.
Option 3: The easiest way to receive high-quality medical care is by going to an emergency department. I prefer to go to a private hospital such as Hospital Aléman, Hospital Britanico, or Hosptial Italiano (JCI accredited). Don’t expect that the people are fluidly bilingual. Of course, they will do their best of course.
Where do I find a doctor (emergency)?
As said above we prefer to go to a private hospital. If you call 107, the ambulance will always go to the nearest public hospital. In the case of admission: contact your insurance company and embassy.
How do I pay a doctor?
Insured? So, before you travel to Argentina, check if your insurance company covers Argentina and what institutions. The hospitals can ask for an advance payment. Keep the proof of payment with you.
What about public hospitals in Buenos Aires?
The quality of public hospitals is high! However, you can have long waiting lines and the equipment or infrastructure can be outdated. The public hospitals are free for everyone, even tourists.