So, where should you go if the expected — or unexpected happens in Pedasi?
The 5,724 square meter, (61612.62 square foot) Minsa-Capsi public hospital is located just outside of Pedasi. Opened in June 2016, the hospital offers a wide array of services, including general practice, gynecology, laboratory, obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, dentistry, pharmacy, and physiotherapy, among others. Nonetheless, while the Minsa-Capsi hospital is brand new and modern, note that it is still a public hospital, meaning, the level of English spoken is low and you may encounter some bureaucracy.
If you need major surgery and wish to receive medical care that is comparable to U.S. or European facilities, the first class hospitals located in Panama City are still a better choice. For example, Hospital Punta Pacifica, a Johns Hopkins affiliate, has the country’s most advanced facilities and top foreign trained surgeons and doctors, all English speaking. Another option is Hospital Anita Moreno in Chitre, a 1¼ hour drive from Pedasi, which underwent a major renovation and modernization effort recently.
And, Farmacia Edith, a small but well stocked pharmacy, is located just off the town square. Medicine is very affordable in Panama and can often be purchased over-the-counter. The good news is that retirees who join Panama’s retirement program receive 10% off on all prescription medicines. For more information on medical care in Pedasi and health insurance in Panama, check out this Panama Equity blog post.