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Buenos Aires is a modern city with good health and dental services. Sanitation and hygiene at restaurants is relatively high, and tap water is generally safe to drink. If you want a glass of tap water, ask ‘¿Me podés traer un vaso de agua de la canilla?’ (Can you bring me a glass of tap water?).

Public health care in Buenos Aires is reasonably good and free, even if you’re a foreigner. Waits can be long, however, and quality spotty. Those who can afford it usually opt for the superior private care system, and here most doctors and hospitals will expect payment in cash. Many medical personnel speak English.

If you develop a life-threatening medical problem you may want to be evacuated to your home country. Since this may cost thousands of dollars, be sure to have the appropriate insurance before you depart. Your embassy can also recommend medical services.

A signed and dated note from your doctor, describing your medical conditions and medications (with their generic or scientific names) is a good idea. It’s also a good idea to bring medications in their clearly labeled, original containers. Most pharmacies in Argentina are well supplied.

For more specific information on vaccinations to get before traveling to Argentina, see wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/argentina.htm.

Medical Services

Highly regarded hospitals include Hospital Italiano, Hospital Alemán and Hospital Británico. Another popular medical facility is Swiss Medical, with various branches around town.

Dental Argentina provides modern facilities and good dental services with English-speaking professionals.


Pharmacies are common in Buenos Aires. The biggest chain is Farmacity, with dozens of branches throughout the city; they’re modern, bright and well stocked with sundries. They have a prescription counter and some are open 24 hours. It’s hard to miss their blue-and-orange color theme.