|Medical Facilities and Health Information||
Medical care is adequate in major cities but varies greatly in quality and accessibility elsewhere. Emergency rooms in Colombia, even at top-quality facilities, are frequently overcrowded and ambulance service can be slow. Many private health care providers in Colombia require that patients pay for care before treatment, even in an emergency. Some providers in major cities may accept credit cards, but those that don’t may request advance payment in cash. Uninsured travelers without financial resources may be relegated to seeking treatment in public hospitals where the standard of care is below U.S. standards.
Elective Surgery: The Department of State regularly receives reports of U.S. citizens who have died or suffered complications from liposuction and other elective surgeries overseas. Before undergoing such a procedure in Colombia, consult with your personal physician, research the credentials of the provider in Colombia, and carefully consider your ability to access emergency medical care if complications arise. It is important to confirm that your medical insurance provides coverage in Colombia, including treatment of complications from elective procedures or medical evacuation if necessary. If you suffer complications as a result of medical malpractice, collecting damages from your surgeon may be difficult.
Unregulated Drugs: Colombia has seen a recent increase in the use of unregulated drugs that purport to enhance sexual performance. Some tourists have died after using these substances, which come in liquid, powder, or tablet form. You are urged to seek guidance from a physician before ingesting such substances in Colombia.
Altitude Sickness: Travelers to the capital city of Bogota may need time to adjust to the altitude of 8,600 feet, which can affect blood pressure, digestion, and energy level, and cause mild dyspnea with exercise, headaches, sleeplessness, and other discomfort. Drink plenty of fluids to maintain hydration, and avoid strenuous exercise until you have acclimated to the altitude. If you have circulatory or respiratory problems, consult a physician before traveling to Bogota or other high-altitude locations.
|Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved||73.6%|
|Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved||8.8%|
|Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved||96.9%|
|HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate||0.5%|
|Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population||1.4|
|People Living with HIV/AIDS||160,000|
|Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population||1.47|
|Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved||19.8%|
|Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved||84.9%|
|Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved||65.7%|
|Major Infectious Diseases - degree of risk||high|
|Food or Waterborne Disease (s)||bacterial diarrhea|
|Vectorborne Disease (s)||dengue fever, malaria, and yellow fever|
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