Significant progress has been made in the last two decades to improve the overall standard of healthcare in São Paulo. That said, the inequalities that mark most of Brazilian society are also present in the city's healthcare system, and there is a disparity between what is available to most of the local population and what is accessed by the city's wealthier residents.
São Paulo has a two-tier health system consisting of public and private hospitals. Brazilians have access to free healthcare at government hospitals.
Hospitals in São Paulo tend to be concentrated in the upper-income areas that expats are likely to live in, meaning they will be easily accessible. Given that its healthcare system has to serve millions of residents, there is a wide selection of hospitals, pharmacies and private practices available to expats living in the city.
Since Brazil is a Portuguese-speaking country, expats may experience some language barriers, but most doctors tend to have some basic knowledge of English or Spanish. This is especially true for doctors working in the private sector.
Expats in São Paulo will have access to highly-skilled doctors and medical staff, the latest technology and a variety of world-class options when it comes to private care. This does, of course, come at a price, and it's essential that expats invest in comprehensive health insurance.
Pharmacies in São Paulo are widely available and affordable. Some pharmacies are open 24 hours and will have a range of general as well as prescription medication.
Below are some of the most highly regarded hospitals in São Paulo.
Hospitals in São Paulo
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein
Address: Avenida Albert Einstein, 627, Jardim Leonor
Hospital Alemão Oswaldo Cruz
Address: Rua Treze de Maio, 1815, Bela Vista, São Paulo
Hospital das Clinicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo
Address: Rua Dr Ovídio Pires de Campos, 225, Cerqueira César
Address: Rua Dona Adma Jafet, 91, Bela Vista