Question: I am interested to travel to Cuba for a consultation with an ophthalmologist. Who should I contact? What might a consultation, hospital stay and operation cost, if necessary?
Answer: One of the finest ophthalmological hospitals in Cuba is the Instituto Cubano de Oftalmología Ramon Pando Ferrer (Cuban Institute of Ophthalmology), located in Havana. In addition to being both a national and international reference hospital, it is also a leading teaching center.
Medical care at Pando Ferrer, as the Hospital is locally known, includes diagnosis, treatment and surgical solutions, as well as emergency services, ambulatory care and hospitalization if needed. Pando Ferrer is also equipped with state-of-the-art technology for the diagnosis of various eye diseases and innovative surgical techniques. Medical services include corneal refractive surgery, cataract, glaucoma, cornea, low vision, oculoplasty, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, retina, neuro-ophthalmology and other ophthalmic subspecialties.
Pando Ferrer has a program that comes under Health Tourism, which since 1991 has been providing medical care to patients from other countries. Health care services under this program are provided in the areas of Retina, Cataract, Cornea, tear ducts, Strabismus, Contact Lenses, Glaucoma, Refractive Surgery and Neuro-ophthalmology.
As for costs for a consultation, as well as for surgery and a hospital stay if necessary, this would depend on the nature of the problem as well as the recommended treatment and follow-up, and would need to be discussed with the hospital itself.
Contact information for Pando Ferrer is as follows:
Instituto Cubano de Oftalmología Ramon Pando Ferrer
Calle 76 #3104
e/ 31 y 41
Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba 10400
Telephone (537) 265-4800
Fax (537) 267-0965
Public Relations firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Also see the response to the following question for additional information on Pando Ferrer: