Medical services in Cayo Coco
The Cuban health care system has a very good reputation and is more advanced than most other countries in Latin America. It often serves as a model for developing nations around the world. Although some medicine or equipment are not always available, Cuban doctors are highly qualified and the care and treatments are comparable, and sometimes even better, than the ones received in more developed and wealthier countries.
Cuba operates a special division or clinics and hospitals for paying foreign clients, with English-speaking doctors and better supplies and equipment. They are called "Clinicas del Sol" and are part of the SMC network (Servicios Medicos Cubanos). The cost for a consultation or treatment is very low compare to a private clinic in North-America or Europe. In recent years, "Medical Tourism" greatly increased in popularity; several thousands of "Health Tourists" travel to Cuba each year.
There's one of these international clinics in Cayo Coco, called Clinicas del Sol (or Clinica Internacional Cayo Coco). Their main clinic is located next to the Spa Acuavida. They have another clinic (including a dentist office) inside the Hotel Colonial Cayo Coco, and also a mini-clinic in all of the other all-inclusive hotels in Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo.
They services include: Medical consultation, emergencies, medical imaging (X-rays, ultrasounds), clinical laboratory, stomatology (dental medicine), ambulance service, etc. The dentist office is located in their clinic at Hotel Colonial. They have doctors on-call 24/7. If you need to see a doctor for an emergency, you can call your hotel's front desk and a doctor will come to your room, or, you'll be sent to the clinic directly (depending on the care required). Ambulance service is available for emergency, or you can take a taxi to get to the clinic. For the one located inside the Hotel Colonial, you don't need to stay at this hotel to use the clinic services, simply tell the guard at the gate that you are going to the clinic.
Click the following links to view some of the services they offer and prices :
Health check-up packages with prices Dental Clinic services and prices Podology Package
Clinica Internacional Cayo Coco – Clinicas del Sol
(Main Clinic next to Spa Acuavida)
Avenida de los Hoteles, Cayo Coco, Jardines del Rey, Ciego de Avila, Cuba
Phone: (53 33) 30 2191 / 30 2192
Clinicas del Sol - Hotel Colonial
(Medical and dental clinic)
Hotel Colonial, Cayo Coco, Jardines del Rey, Ciego de Avila, Cuba
Phone: (53 33) 30 1311 ext. 5214
Hours: 9:00am to 5:30pm
For more severe injuries or illness that cannot be treated at the Cayo Coco Clinics, the patients are brought in ambulance to the Moron City Hospital (about 45 minutes from Cayo Coco).
Note that health services are never part of your All-Inclusive package. Don't forget to contact the Travel Assistance service of your insurance company as soon as possible to advise them of the situation, even if it's a minor illness or small injury.
MANDATORY Health-Insurance and Asistur
Since May 1st 2010, all foreigners who travel to Cuba must be covered by a travel insurance that includes a medical care benefit. Upon arrival travelers may be required to present a proof of medical coverage valid for the entire period of their stay in Cuba; in the form of an insurance policy, medical assistance card, insurance certificate, etc. If you enter Cuba without medical insurance, you'll have to purchase a health insurance plan with the Cuban travelers aid company called ASISTUR S.A. (www.asistur.cu) at the point of entry; they have an office in every Cuban airport.
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