Healthcare in Sao Paulo

Significant progress has been made in the last two decades to improve the overall standard of healthcare in São Paulo. The government has spent more on health infrastructure and there are more doctors per capita than in many other countries of a similar socio-economic standing.

That said, the inequalities that mark most of Brazilian society are still present in the city’s healthcare system and there is a disparity between the options available to most of the local population and the city's wealthier residents.

São Paulo has a two-tier health system consisting of public and private hospitals. Brazilians have access to free healthcare at government hospitals but treatment is often basic and preventative rather than curative.

Hospitals in São Paulo tend to be concentrated in the upper-income areas that expats are likely to live in, meaning that they will be easily accessible. Given that its healthcare system has to serve millions of residents, there is a wide selection of hospitals, pharmacies and private practices available to expats living in the city.

Expats in São Paulo will have access to highly skilled doctors and medical staff, the latest technology and a variety of world-class options when it comes to private care. This does, of course, come at a price. 

Hospitals in São Paulo


Cema Hospital

Address: Rua do Oratório, 1.369, Mooca, São Paulo


Hospital Alemão Oswaldo Cruz

Address: Rua João Julião, 331, Bela Vista, São Paulo


Hospital do Coração

Address: Rua Desembargador Eliseu, Guilherme, 147, Paraíso, São Paulo


Hospital Igesp

Address: Rua Silvia, 276, Bela Vista, São Paulo


Instituto do Câncer

Address: Avenida Dr. Arnaldo, 251, Cerqueira César, São Paulo


Sírio-Libanês Hospital

Address: Rua Dona Adma Jafet, 91, Bela Vista, São Paulo