Access to the health system

People in human mobility have the right to access health systems throughout the country. Public or private entities may not, under any circumstances, refuse to provide medical care because of a person’s nationality or migration status. In the public health system, care is free of charge.

What documents or type of visa do I need to get medical assistance in the Public Health System?

All persons in Ecuador, regardless of their migration status, have the right to be provided health care services free of charge in public centers, subcenters and hospitals. Therefore, you don’t need any specific documents to get medical assistance.

How do I access health care?

? Public health services in Ecuador are free. All people have the right to access these services, regardless of their nationality, migration status and whether or not they have identity documents.

  • If you require medical care, call 171 for free. ?Press option 1 and request an appointment at the nearest health center?️. You can only book appointments for general medicine, obstetrics, psychology, dentistry and healthy child control. A family member can make an appointment in your name, they will only need your identification data.
  • If you need counseling ?on sexual health, reproductive health and violence prevention, mother and newborn health, feeding pregnant and lactating women and children under 2 years of age, and harmful use of alcohol and other drugs, call 171 option 2, from Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm, and Saturdays from 8:00am to 2:00pm.
  • If you have symptoms such as fever, dry cough or shortness of breath call 171 option 5 for free?, the advisors will assess your symptoms and, if necessary, schedule a doctor’s appointment.
  • If you have a medical emergency ?, go to the closest health care center.