What Are the Medical Facilities Like in Guatemala?

Guatemala has good medical facilities and doctors, especially in Guatemala City’s private hospitals. Other urban areas also have high-quality private hospitals. Try to avoid public health facilities like the Instituto Guatemalteco de Seguridad Social (IGSS) — these cater to low-income people and are usually understaffed. Rural areas also tend to lack quality health care.

There are pharmacies throughout Guatemala where travelers can purchase medicine. The cost of medical care and medicine is usually cheap in Guatemala. Travelers who are thinking of visiting more remote destinations or having off-the-beaten-path adventures, may want to consider buying travel insurance.