Social security agreement
The social security agreement between Chile and Finland covers national and survivors´ pensions as well as medical care for pensioners. Under the agreement, a person who receives a pension from Finland or Chile and who resides in the territory of the other party to the agreement, is entitled to medical care on the same terms as pensioners covered by the legislation of the country of residence. Other categories of people temporarily in the country, such as tourists, are not entitled to medical care benefits in Chile.
Healthcare and medical care
Chile has both a public and a private healthcare system. Public hospitals are often poorly equipped. The doctors are nevertheless professional and highly trained. The same doctors often work partly in the public sector and partly in the private sector. The private clinics and hospitals in Santiago are of a high standard. When travelling to Chile, you should take out comprehensive travel insurance.
The two biggest private hospitals of Santiago are Clinica Alemana and Clinica Las Condes. Both hospitals have a ward for international patients. Medical care in private institutions is expensive. The biggest hospitals accept credit cards, but frequently payment must be made in cash.
Dental care and medicines
Dental care is of high quality in Chile and often somewhat more expensive than in Finland. Prescription medicines prescribed by local doctors as well as prescription-free medicines are widely available from pharmacists.
Sources: Embassy of Finland, Santiago, U.S. Department of State: A service of the Bureau of Consular Affairs