Country: Argentina, also called the Argentine Republic (República Argentina), is in southeastern South America and conjures images of the tango, Patagonia, and the Andes. It is a federal republic inhabiting what is known as the Southern Cone of the continent. Bolivia and Paraguay are Argentina’s northern neighbors, Uruguay and the Atlantic border to the east, Chile on the west, Brazil to the northeast, and Drake Passage due south.
Argentina is the world’s eighth largest country and is classified as a middle emerging economy worldwide. Argentina’s population is a little more than 43 million. The capital is Buenos Aires and the official language is Spanish
How to access emergency services: Dial 101, 911, or 107 for medical emergencies
Currency: Argentine pesos (ARS)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Argentina, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.
What to expect in an Argentine hospital: Argentina boasts one of the best private hospital systems in South America. The exchange rate is excellent and the hospital system is known for its internationally trained doctors. The cost of surgery in Argentina is typically 25 to 50 percent lower than other countries. Buenos Aires, the capital, is known for its excellent health services including plastic surgery, fertility treatments, cosmetic dentistry, and orthopedic procedures. High-quality health care is also available in the cities of Rosario, Cordoba, and Mendoza. The availability of quality medical care is limited in rural areas of Argentina.
Patients in Argentina can expect no language barriers as most medical practitioners speak other languages, including English and German. Waiting time for surgical procedures is minimal. Most doctors and hospitals expect payment in cash regardless of insurance coverage.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Argentina: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Argentina-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.