Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?
There are no vaccination requirements to enter Chile. The normal childhood vaccinations of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP) and polio should be up-to-date. It is also wise to check vaccination requirements with the consular office and you should also consult your home country's vaccination regulations for re-entry on home leave or repatriation.
Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
Medical care in Santiago is generally good, but quality varies outside the capital. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. It is recommended that you have your own health insurance and bring all your information with you when visiting the doctor or hospital. If you do not have health insurance, you will have to go to a public hospital and wait for treatment. Most private medical institutions and services in Santiago satisfy international requirements. If you do not have insurance and have an emergency, you will be asked for a guarantee check.
What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
Doctor or el médico.
What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
Your insurance provider will provide information on which hospitals and doctors are suitable according to your insurance plan.
Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
Most expats stay within the country for their medical care, but others may wait for a trip back to their home country to visit their regular doctor.
What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
The common phone numbers used for emergencies are listed below:
Medical assistance 131
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?
If an emergency occurs in the middle of the night, either call the number above and wait for an ambulance or have a family or friend drive you to the closest major hospital in your area. Major hospitals have 24-hour emergency clinics; some suburban hospitals also have 24-hour clinics. One of the first things you’ll want to do when you settle in is to identify the 24-hour emergency clinic closest to your new home.
How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
Recognizing a pharmacy is easy because they usually have a big sign out front reading "Farmacia."
The word for pharmacy is: la farmacia.
Is the water safe to drink?
The tap water is safe to drink in Santiago.
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