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Significant progress has been made in the last two decades to improve the overall standard of healthcare in São Paulo. That said, the inequalities that mark most of Brazilian society are also present in the city’s healthcare system, and there is a disparity between what is available to most of the local population and what is accessed by 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.
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, but most doctors tend to 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, and it's therefore important that expats invest in good health insurance.
Hospitals in São Paulo
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein
Address: Avenida Albert Einstein, 627, Jardim Leonor
Hospital Alemão Oswaldo Cruz
Address: Rua Treze de Maio, 1815, Bela Vista, São Paulo
Hospital das Clinicas da Universidade de São Paulo
Address: Avenida Doutor Enéas Carvalho Aguiar, 255, Cerqueira César
Address: Rua Dona Adma Jafet, 91, Bela Vista
►Healthcare in Brazil gives more information about the national healthcare system
►Getting Around in São Paulo covers transport options in the city
"In hospitals like Einstein or Sírio Libanes you get world-class doctors, equipment and treatment. They are very costly, though, so be prepared and get a good health plan if you can." In her expat interview about São Paulo, Dona shares her experiences of this vibrant city.
"In the extent that my family has had to use the healthcare so far, we’ve been quite satisfied. Facilities, while not the most modern, are clean; doctors are all quite skilled. It is easy to find healthcare when needed, there are many choices, and we’ve even found English-speaking doctors in every field we’ve needed." Read more of Heather's expat interview about São Paulo.
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