In case of a medical emergency, dial 911—this will call the ambulance service. If the ambulance does not arrive promptly, however, try to grab a taxi and get to the nearest hospital. There are hospitals in most cities, and smaller towns will have clinics (clínicas) where you can receive medical care. Prescription and non-prescription drugs can be purchased at a pharmacy (farmacia). For other emergencies, you can reach the police (policía nacional) by calling 104 or the fire department (bomberos) by calling 103. If you still have questions or are uncertain about whom to call, you can call directory assistance for help – they can be reached by calling 102. The embassies of most countries – including the U.S., Canada, and the UK – are located in Panama City, should you require any additional legal help.
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