Healthcare in Rio de Janeiro

Medicines, Hospitals in Rio de Janeiro

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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.

    Public hospitals in Rio
  • Hospital Municipal Souza Aguiar, Praça da República 111, Centro, tel 3111-2600/3111-2729
  • Hospital Municipal Miguel Couto, R. Mário Ribeiro 117, Gávea, tel 3111-3600/3111-3610/3111-3712
  • Hospital Municipal Lourenço Jorge, Av. Ayrton Senna 2000, Barra da Tijuca, tel 3111-4600/3111-4668
    Private Hospitals in Rio
  • Copa Dór, R. Figueiredo de Magalhães 875, Copacabana, tel 2545-3600
  • Quinta Dór, R. Almirante Baltazar 435, São Cristóvão, tel 3461-3600
  • Barra Dór, Av. Ayrton Senna 2541, Barra da Tijuca, tel 2430-3600
  • Sao Lucas, Travessa Frederico Pamplona 32, Copacabana, tel 2545-4000
  • Hospital Samaritano, R. Bambina 98, Botafogo, tel 3537-9722 Emergency 2535-4000
  • CardioTrauma Ipanema, R. Farme de Amoedo 86, Ipanema, tel 2525-1900

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.

Elective Surgery

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.

Update 29/05/2010


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