Peru: Reaching New Heights in Medical Standards
Peru is home to some of the world’s most fascinating historical sites and a wealth of pristine beaches. It has long been one of South America’s most popular tourist countries. It is now being listed among the top locations for medical treatment at extremely low costs. With its blend of traditional culture, history and a rapidly developing health industry, it has become the perfect place for thousands of visitors who struggle to pay exorbitant prices for health care in their home countries.
Why choose Peru for travel and treatment?
Home to Lake Titicaca, the mysterious Nazca line drawings and Machu Picchu, one of the New Wonders of the World, Peru attracts its fair share of visitors. And now thousands of people arrive every year to take advantage of its affordable and high-standard health care. Peru’s excellent range of hospitals and clinics, and its close proximity to North America, helped develop the country into one of the leading providers of top-quality, cheap medical care. Peru is a cost-effective solution to the prohibitive insurance and medical costs of the United States. There are now literally hundreds of private clinics and hospitals with internationally trained staff and cutting edge technology and equipment.
Medical Facilities in Peru
Peru has both accredited hospitals with top-quality general medicine and surgery departments as well as private clinics catering to specialized treatments and procedures, cosmetic surgery and dental care. Institutions catering to visitors seeking medical care from overseas often provide luxury accommodation akin to 5-star hotel rooms during the treatment and aftercare. Even with the expense of flights and accommodation on top of medical treatment, costs of the entire trip is often less expensive and at times a fraction of the cost of only the procedure in your home country.
Peru's Hospitals and International Standards of Care
While the medical facility infrastructure in Peru is still be developing, each year the industry grows in quality aiming for international standards of practice. Clinics that cater to foreign visitors often provide cutting-edge equipment and modern facilities. The most common procedures attended in Peru include all types of cosmetic surgery, dental treatments and health checks and scans. You will probably be required to attend a consultation appointment and then return one or two days later for the treatment itself. Medical centers in Peru will also provide varying levels of aftercare to ensure successful recovery. If you require more complex procedures and have to stay in the hospital overnight or longer, English-speaking staff will be on hand in most institutions to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The savings are incredible. Most patients report price reductions of anywhere from 60% to 80% compared to the US. LASIK eye correction can come to as little as $500 when the same treatment is usually over $3000 in the US.
Convalescence in Peru
Internationally accredited clinics and hospitals can be found in Lima, the capital of Peru. It is on the Pacific Coast and offers guests easy access to some wonderful beaches where you can recuperate in style enjoying the sea air and ocean views. If you’re more adventurous and have only received a minor procedure, you may be tempted to head for the mountains to explore some of the breathtaking archeological treasures of the Incas.
Peru Travel Information
The currency in Peru is the nuevo sol, and there are plenty of currency exchange places in Lima and other major cities that trade at better rates than at banks. It’s advisable to request small bills because it can be difficult to break larger ones. Visitors from most countries can stay in Peru for up to 90 days without a visa. Voltage in Peru is at 220 volts, so North and Central Americans will need to a voltage converter for appliances from home. A universal adapter an converter kit will assure that your plugs can be adapted to the different socket types.
Peru Quick Facts
||Spanish (official), Quechua (official)
||Nuevo sol (PEN)
||Jorge Chávez Intl Airport (LIM)
||220 volts 60 Hz