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 that you 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 are also recommended.
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Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
Again, be sure you're insured. Anyone without private insurance will have to go to public hospitals and await treatment.
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What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
The local word for doctor is médico.
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What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
Your insurance carrier will advise which hospitals and doctors you are eligible to visit.

Local hospitals:

Clinica Santa Lucia – Tel: 2126-4000
Clinica São Vicente – Tel: 2529-4422
Clinica Sorocaba – Tel: 2537-9005
Hospital Samaritano – Tel: 2537-9722
Hospital São Lucas – Tel: 2545-4000
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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 has excellent medical facilities.
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What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
190 - Police
192 - Emergency
193 - Fire Department
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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?
Call 192.
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How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
The local word for pharmacy is farmácia or drogaria, and they are recognizable by their red-and-white crosses.
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Is the water safe to drink?
No. It is recommended that you drink bottled water, even in the city.
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