How the Medical system works in Chile

The healthcare system in Chile is a mixed system that combines both public and private provision of health services. The public system is called Fondo Nacional de Salud (FONASA) and is funded by taxes, providing free or subsidized care for those who cannot afford private health insurance. The private system is composed of various insurance providers (ISAPRE) and healthcare facilities, which offer more extensive services to those who can afford to pay.

Medical care in Chile is generally good, though it may not meet US standards in remote areas.

Being admitted to hospital in Chile

Major hospitals accept credit cards.

Buying medication in Chile

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Chile to ensure the medication is legal in Chile. Always carry a sufficient supply of your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.


Other health considerations in Chile

Please note the following health concerns:

  • Dengue Fever (endemic to Easter Island but not found on continental Chile).
  • Air pollution is a concern in many parts of Chile including Santiago, Rancagua, Talca, Chillan, Los Angeles, Temuco, Osorno, and Coyhaique, and is most severe in winter (May-August).
  • The ozone layer is especially thin over parts of Chile. Protect yourself from ultraviolet radiation.
  • Chile is prone to major earthquakes, wildfires, landslides, tsunamis, floods, and volcanic eruptions. The Chilean National Disaster Prevention and Response Service (SENAPRED) provides alerts and guidance for these types of events. There are emergency preparedness guides available on the and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) websites. It is important to make a plan and to keep emergency supplies accessible. There are recommendations for preparing a disaster supply kit available here.

Source: US Department of State, Wikipedia