Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Pedro Jesus SERRANO DUQUE
Hospital Militar “Dr. Carlos Arvelo”
Piso 2 ala norte
Av J. A. Lamas San Martin
Basic Task of the Military Medical Service
The General Medical Service of the Bolivarian Armed Forces
is the governing and regulatory body of the Integrated
Defence Health System Sector, whose primary function is to
ensure the physical and mental welfare of military personnel
from Army, Navy, Air Force and National Guard as well as
Since 2004, it also supports the national public system.
The Defence Forces encompass the Army, Naval Corps, Air
Forces and National Guard, also Reserve Defence Forces. In
Venezuela there are four Medical Service, one for each
Armed Forces. They are under the authority of the General
Director of the Medical Service.
There are a network of military hospitals distributed through -
out the territory. Moreover each military unit has its medical
The Military Hospitals attends the Military Personnel from de
four Armed components, including the reserve, their families
and all the civilians in need. There are 21 Military Hospitals,
of these twelve have II, III or IV complexity level (> 60 beds,
and specialized services and equipments). Eight have a first
level attention. There is also a Rehabilitation Clinic.
Both “Dr Carlos Arvelo” Military Hospital (900 beds) located
in Caracas and “Colonel Elbano Paredes Vivas” Military
Hospital (120 beds), located in Maracay, offer general and
postgraduate studies in Medicine and Nursing.
Number of the Medical Service Personnel
Staff Military Hospitals
|Health Military Personnel||Health Civilian Personnel|
|Qualified laboratory’s personnel||28||59|
In 2000 the “Plan Bolivar 2000”, a civil-military plan was
established to provide contingent solutions to urgent prob -
lems. Its goal is to improve the quality of life in the areas of
health, education and infrastructure. The National Armed
Forces and the civilian population are integral part of this
In 2004 presidential President Hugo Chavez determined that
all military hospitals would provide free care for the civilian
In 2010 a total of 2 834 648 patients, of whom 1 594 787 (56%)
civilians, military 765 490 (27%) and 474 365 family members
(17%) were treated in Military Hospitals. These patients were
attended in the obstetric-gynecologic, surgical
and specialized assessment areas. They came voluntarily
or were referred from the modules of the Mission Barrio
Adentro (Health Primary Level).
A total of 23 events Medic-Surgical fairs were held in areas
far from urban centres or at the country´s borders, serving a
total of 3 381 patients. In addition, 10 dental fairs were also
health providing services to 5 454 patients.
Mission Milagros specialized in visual area to Venezuelans
and foreigners. It is supported in 60 % by military medical
doctors. In 2010, 6 576 patients were treated (127 Venezuelans,
6 449 foreigners).