Medical Assistance

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. The order in which they appear has no significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

The Embassy cannot provide health care or medical facilities for private U.S. citizens in Ecuador.  We can, however, provide a list of names and addresses of doctors and facilities for you to choose from.  Should you be injured or become seriously ill while in Ecuador, the Consular Section can assist you by providing a list of medical practitioners and hospitals and inform family and friends, at your request, of your well-being.

Health Insurance Overseas

We strongly recommend that you acquire an Overseas Heath Insurance of your choice before travelling to Ecuador.  If you have Medicare we advise you that Medicare does not cover health coverage outside the U.S.  In addition, we also recommend looking for a Health Insurance plan with Medical Evacuation coverage since evacuations may be rather expensive, from $ 10,000.00 and up.

Prescription Medications

While you travel we always recommend that you take enough medication, if you are required to take any, at least for the length of your trip.  If you happen to run out of your medication unfortunately the U.S. Embassy or Consulate can’t help you by receiving any medication.

Also please note that special laws and regulations might be in force for sending medication to Ecuador, it does not matter if the package was sent with a courier company, cargo company or regular mail.  Some medications may even need a written import permit issued by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health or may be restricted by the Ecuadorian National Council of Control Substances.  Packages detained by Ecuadorian Customs can’t be released by having someone from the Embassy or Consulate call in.  We recommend that you research before traveling on what local options you may be able to get for your prescription medication in case of emergency.

Vaccinations

If you are wondering if you may need special vaccinations before traveling you should check the CDC website and the travel.state.gov website regarding Country Specific requirements.

We remind you that unfortunately the U.S. Embassy or Consulate does not provide special vaccinations to private U.S. Citizens, if you need to get a special type of vaccination while in Ecuador you would need to reach out to local authorities or doctors.

List of Physicians and Facilities

Panel Physicians

In the Guayaquil Consular District
Jorge Chehab
Vélez 503 y Boyacá
2do piso, Oficina 202
Phone: +593-4-253-2092 / +593-4-251-3663

In the Quito Consular District
Rodrigo Sosa
Alemania N 30-10 y Eloy Alfaro
Edificio Fortune Plaza, Piso 11
Phone: +593-2-380-1601 / +593-2-380-1602