EMERGENCY AND AMBULANCE SERVICES IN CHILE

AT-A-GLANCE

DIAL 131 TO CALL AN AMBULANCE IN CHILE Ambulance services are provided by the national emergency system, known as “SAMU”. However, response times are not guaranteed and can vary greatly depending on your location so having other private ambulance provider numbers on-hand, or arranging private transport, is also common.

Dial 131 to Call an Ambulance in Chile
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HOW CAN I CALL AN AMBULANCE IN CHILE?

HOW DO I CALL FOR HELP?

DIAL 131 TO CALL AN AMBULANCE IN CHILE

CAN I CALL FOR HELP ANYWHERE?

Yes, 131 is accessible across the country and can be reached via fixed landline or mobile phones. Calls are received at a centralized call center and then dispatched to the nearest ambulance station.

WHAT OTHER EMERGENCY NUMBERS CAN I CALL?
ARE THE RESPONDERS TRAINED?

Yes, prehospital providers in Chile are trained. There are both regional public and private training institutes.

HOW WILL I GET TRANSPORTED?
WHERE WILL I BE TRANSPORTED TO?

Patients will be transported to the nearest hospital, whether public or private. If a patient requests transport to a private clinic, SAMU will comply with the request so long as the central dispatch base has approved it, has Isapre insurance, private insurance, or the means to pay out-of-pocket.

HOW WILL I PAY?

ADDITIONAL INFO

COMMON EMERGENCIES AND VACCINATIONS

Common Emergencies in Chile

  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis

 

Vaccinations for Chile

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), different groups of travelers will require different vaccinations for travel in Chile:

  • All Travelers:
    • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine
    • Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine
    • Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
    • Polio vaccine
    • Your yearly flu shot
  • Most Travelers:
    • Hepatitis A
    • Typhoid
  • Some Travelers:
    • Hepatitis B
    • Rabies

Read more about travel in Chile at the CDC website:  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/chile/ (Last accessed: Aug. 7, 2017)

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SCOREBOARD

Road Traffic Injury Deaths (per 100,000 population)

  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • United States

[Source: 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety, WHO]

Reported Homicides (per 100,000 population)

  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • United States

[Source: 2014 Global Status Report on Violence Prevention, WHO-UNDP]

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