The Cuban health care system has an excellent reputation and is more advanced than most other countries in Latin America. It often serves as a model for developing nations around the world. Varadero health services are amongst the best on the island. Cuban doctors are usually highly qualified, and the care and treatments are comparable to the ones received in more developed and wealthier countries. Still, some medicine or equipment are not always available or sometimes obsolete.
Cuba operates a special division or hospitals and clinics for paying foreign clients, with English-speaking doctors and better supplies and equipment. They are called “Clinicas del Sol” and are part of the SMC network (Servicios Medicos Cubanos). There’s one of these international clinics in Varadero, see the list of clinics and pharmacies below. The cost for a consultation or treatment is very low compare to private clinics in North-America or Europe. In recent years, “Medical Tourism” greatly increased in popularity; several thousands of “Health Tourists” travel to Cuba each year.
Mandatory health insurance and Asistur
Since May 1st 2010, all foreigners who travel to Cuba must be covered by travel insurance that includes a medical care benefit. Upon arrival travellers may be required to present a proof of medical coverage valid for the entire period of their stay in Cuba; in the form of an insurance policy, medical assistance card, insurance certificate, etc. If you enter Cuba without medical insurance, you’ll have to purchase a health insurance plan with the Cuban traveller’s aid company called ASISTUR S.A. (www.asistur.cu), at the point of entry. Please note you must have COVID cover.
Pharmacies and Clinics in Varadero
Clinica Internacional Varadero (Clinicas del Sol)
Address: Avenida 1 between Calles 60 and 61
Phone: (53 45) 66 7710/7711/7712
Opening hours: 24 hrs
This is the largest and best-equipped clinic in Varadero for tourists. Services include Emergencies, medical or dental consultations (10 to 30 CUC), hotel calls (50 to 75 CUC), ambulance, medical imaging (X-rays, ultrasounds), laboratory, physiotherapy, dental clinic, good pharmacy on-site.
Centro Estomatologico (Dental Center)
Avenida 1 corner of Calle 49, varadero
Opticas Miramar Varadero (optical clinic)
Avenida 1 corner of Calle 42, Varadero
Phone: (53 45) 66 7525
Hours: Mon. to Fri.: 9am to 5pm. Sat.: 9am to 1pm
Plaza America SPA Club
Avenida Las Americas, Varadero
Phone: (53 45) 66 8181 ext.233
Consultation, natural medicine, body treatments, electrotherapy, acupuncture, massages, cosmetology.
Farmacia Internacional Aeropuerto Juan Gualberto Gomez (Varadero Airport)
Carretera Areglatito, Carbonera, Matanzas
Phone: (53 45) 25 3489
Farmacia Clinica Internacional
Calle 60 corner of Avenida 1, Varadero
Phone: (53 45) 66 7710/11
Opening hours: 24h