EMERGENCY AND AMBULANCE SERVICES IN CHILE
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.
HOW CAN I CALL AN AMBULANCE IN CHILE?
DIAL 131 TO CALL AN AMBULANCE IN CHILE
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.
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.
Common Emergencies in Chile
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
- Some Travelers:
- Hepatitis B
Read more about travel in Chile at the CDC website: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/chile/ (Last accessed: Aug. 7, 2017)