Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?
It is essential to have health insurance in Brazil, as hospital and medical fees are high. For most regions of the country you don't need to worry about vaccinations; however, yellow fever shots are necessary if you plan to visit the following states: Acre, Amazonas, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Para, Rondonia, Amapá and Roraima. For these regions, vaccination against typhoid, polio and malaria is also recommended.
Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
You will want to have health insurance in Brazil because medical fees are incredibly high. Anyone without private insurance will have to go to public hospitals and wait for treatment.
What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
The Portuguese word for doctor is "médico."
What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
Through the hospitals:
Hospital Albert Einstein
Av. Alberto Einstein, 627 portão 2 - Morumbi
Hospital Alemão Oswaldo Cruz
Rua João Julião, 331 - Paraíso
Hospital Beneficiencia Portuguesa
Av. Portugal, 530, Centro, Santo André, SP, 09041-321
Hospital de Clínicas
R Erva Andorinha, 123, JD Helena, São Paulo, SP, 08090470
Hospital do Coração
Rua. Desembargador Eliseu Guilhuerme, 123 - Paraíso
Hospital e Maternidade São Luis
Av. Santo Amaro, 734 - Moema
Hospital Nossa Senhora de Lourdes
Rua Perobas, 344 - Jabaquara
Hospital Nove de Julho
Rua Peixoto Gomide, 625 - Jardim Paulista
Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
No. Brazil offers excellent medical care, particularly if you use the private hospitals.
What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
Call 192 to summon an ambulance; 193 for the fire brigade and 190 for the police.
What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable?
Go to the emergency center at your local hospital. Ambulances operate all night.
How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
The local word for pharmacy is "farmácia."
Is the water safe to drink?
No. You should avoid drinking tap water, even in the big cities. It is recommended that you drink bottled water only.
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