Healthcare in Bogotá

Medicines, Hospitals in Bogotá

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Hospitals in Bogota

Bogota has a large number of hospitals and clinics, both public and private, that provide inpatient and emergency care. These operate 24 hours a day, and most of them have an emergency room.

To call emergency services, you should dial 123. There is no unified ambulance service in Bogota, and you will be sent an ambulance from your nearby hospital. All emergency services are included in the basic health plan.

Some of the best hospitals in Bogota are: 

Centro Médico Antiguo Country
Cra. 18 # 84-10
Tel: (57) (1) 2360833

Clínica Bochica
Cl 69 # 14-69
Tel: (57) (1) 3475007

Clínica el Bosque
Cra. 7 b Bis # 134
Tel: (57) (1) 2745445
Tel: (57) (1) 2740577

Clínica Shaio
Dg 115 a # 70c-75
Tel: (57) (1) 5938210

Clínica Cafam
Cl. 51 # 16–34
Tel: (57) (1) 3077011

Clínica del Country
Cra 16 # 82-57
Tel: (57) (1) 5301270

Fundación Cardioinfantil
Cl 163 A # 13 B-60
Tel: (57) (1) 6672727

Hospital Meissen
Cl 60 # 18 K-13
Tel: (57) (1) 7902906
Tel: (57) (1) 7656873

Hospital Nazareth
Calle 48 # 73-55
Tel: (57)(1) 2956353

Clínica Marly
Calle 50 # 9-67
Tel: (57) (1) 3436600

Pharmacies in Bogota

It is easy to find a pharmacy (droguería) in Bogota. Normal opening hours are from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 – 20:00, but some are open 24/7 and offer delivery services.

Some of the pharmacies that offer 24-hour delivery services are:

You will need a prescription for some specialized drugs, but most generic drugs for common disorders (flu, headaches, minor pains, stomach disorders) can be bought over the counter. You will need to pay for the medicines yourself, except for the drugs that you will buy through prescription by your EPS doctor in authorized pharmacies.

Update 20/08/2018


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