Hospital care in Brazil, especially in large cities, is comparable to most modern cities. Public hospitals are free, and even as a foreigner, emergency care is free. The only issue with this, is that the public hospitals are extremely crowded and care can take a long time to receive.
Copa Dór, Quinta Dór, and Barra Dórare the most expensive of the private hospitals.
Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo is generally preferred by expats. The hospital phone is (55-11) 3747-1233.
Plastic and other elective/cosmetic surgery have become big business in Brazil. While Brazil has many plastic surgery facilities that are on par with those found in the United States, the quality of care varies. Do your research to ensure that the facility you choose is safe, clean, and of good quality.
Every Brazilian pharmacy should be operating with a licensed pharmacist. This is not always the case, so confirm you are speaking with the pharmacist when in need of an expert opinion. Also note that many medications that require prescriptions in other places are available over the counter in Brazil. Know your regular medications generic/scientific name so you can request it directly sine many pharmaceuticals go under different names in Brazil.
With so much to deal with before leaving your home country, (taxes, moving house, paperwork etc.) the careful planning of your expatriation to Rio de Janeiro is an essential step. As far as healthcare is concerned, your local social security scheme won’t be accompanying you to your host country and, once abroad, you might be surprised by the care system you find in Brazil. So, before leaving, make sure you have appropriate cover!
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Designed for either short or long stays, APRIL International’s insurance policies offer protection against any problems that might arise before departure or during your time in Brazil: cancelling your trip, medical expenses following an illness or accident, needing to be repatriated, causing damage to a third party or losing your luggage.
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