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. 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. Thus, 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. However, here, 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 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.

Since Brazil is a Portuguese-speaking country, expats may experience some language barriers. However, most doctors should have some basic knowledge of English or Spanish. This is especially true for doctors working in the private sector.

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

Websitewww.cemahospital.com.br
Address: Rua Padre Adelino, 333 - Belém, São Paulo

Hospital Alemão Oswaldo Cruz

Websitewww.hospitalalemao.org.br
Address: Rua Treze de Maio, 1815 - Bela Vista, São Paulo

Hospital do Coração

Websitewww.hcor.com.br
Address: Rua Desembargador Eliseu, Guilherme, 147, Paraíso, São Paulo

Hospital Igesp

Websitewww.hospitaligesp.com.br
Address: Rua Silvia, 276, Bela Vista, São Paulo

Instituto do Câncer

Websitewww.icesp.org.br
Address: Avenida Dr. Arnaldo, 251, Cerqueira César, São Paulo

Sírio-Libanês Hospital

Websitewww.hospitalsiriolibanes.org.br
Address: Rua Dona Adma Jafet, 91, Bela Vista, São Paulo

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