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Before You Go
It's recommended to have your own health insurance. 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.
Travelers should be up to date on routine vaccines. For specific recommendations, see wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/argentina.htm.
Availability & Cost of Healthcare
Public health care in Argentina is reasonably good and free, even if you’re a foreigner. Waits can be long, however, and quality inconsistent. 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.
Bringing 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.
- Dengue fever is a viral infection found throughout South America. It is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, which prefer to bite during the daytime and breed primarily in artificial water containers, such as cans, cisterns, plastic containers and discarded tires. As a result, dengue is especially common in densely populated urban environments.
- In Misiones and Formosa provinces, almost 5000 cases were reported in 2017, the most since nearly 27,000 cases of dengue were reported during the last outbreak in northern Argentina in 2009.
- Dengue usually causes flu-like symptoms, including fever, muscle aches, joint pains, headaches, nausea and vomiting, often followed by a rash. The body aches may be quite uncomfortable, but most cases resolve uneventfully in a few days.
Argentina is a modern country with good health and dental services. Sanitation and hygiene at restaurants is relatively high, and tap water is generally safe to drink throughout the country. If you want to make sure, ask ‘¿Se puede tomar el agua de la canilla?’ (Is the tap water drinkable?).