Panama Could Hire Foreign Doctors

Panama's shortage of specialist doctors could be solved by temporary hiring foreign professionals.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

This was suggested by Health Minister Franklin Vergara, who stated that such measure would be a "quick way out" of the problem, "as long as medical union agreements are considered".

"The head of the ministry also suggested the creation of an 'institutional doctor', a specialist who would attend state entities for an attractive salary", reported

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Panama Passes Law to Hire Foreign Doctors

September 2013

Congress has passed a law that regulates the recruitment of foreign doctors and health technicians on a temporary basis.

From a press release issued by the National Assembly of Panama:

The full National Assembly approved on its third reading, a bill regulating the hiring of foreign medical and technical professional services on a temporary basis.

Panama to Recruit Foreign Doctors

August 2011

In the absence of specialists the Social Security Department has announced it will hire180 foreign doctors.

The vacancies are in the areas of cardiology, surgery, anesthesiology and internal medicine in the district of Panama and the provinces of Bocas del Toro, Cocle, Colon, Chiriqui, Herrera, Los Santos and Veraguas.

Costa Rica to Hire Foreign Medical Specialists

February 2011

The Social Security Fund will recruit foreign medical specialists for the Limon Hospital.

Given the refusal of medical specialists in Costa Rica to work in the Caribbean city, health authorities in conjunction with the Medical College have agreed in principle to the recruit for one year foreign specialists to fill vacancies in Limon.

Panama Health System to Recruit Foreign Medical Staff

September 2010

Next Monday the Ministry for Health (Minsa) will post advertisements for 78 medical specialists to fill vacancies in regional hospitals.

The specialists required include gynecologists, doctors of internal medicine, pediatricians, radiologists and anesthesiologists.

“The ministry has taken this decision as a response to the lack interest shown by Panamanian physicians when the posts were first advertised in May,” says a Minsa communication according to

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