Linda Jensen at Best Places in the World to Retire has some excellent information on healthcare in Panama. This is an article worth reading.
In Panama healthcare is much more affordable, over- all, than in the USA. Of this, I am fairly certain. On the other hand, there is a serious need for health care reform in the insurance industry serving Panama. Not all expats are wealthy, not all can afford the high deductibles, and up to $2,000 plus monthly premiums many insurance companies require here. Medicare would be great if it were allowed, but alas, not available, even with the more affordable costs of care, surgeries, hospital stays and the close political ties between Panama and the USA. If you are over 75 it is really difficult to afford additional insurance.Link to the rest at https://bestplacesintheworldtoretire.com