As someone mentioned in another country forum: “Go on numbeo.com and just like WAZE it requests interactivity to ensure timely stats on all places – updated regularly. BEST site I know of use it all the time.” I use it all the time. For instance – what is the living costs compared between the capital of Uruguay and capital of Panama.
Here’s How Much Money Doctors Actually Make Now you know that US medical doctors make. Where we are in the upper 30’s by the World Health Organization ratings, is a good motivator for overseas retirement.
In Mexico, one can gain access to the public health care system. They are IMSS (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social or Mexican Social Security Institute and cost only 300 per year. Many retires have this and private health care, at a fraction of US costs. And if one also has Medicare, one can go to California for treatment. But that’s the rare case that a qualify Mexican hospital couldn’t treat something.
And in Uruguay in South America, I found these interesting titbits:
- The British hospital in Uruguay has a very excellent website at British Hospital.
- Here’s a good article on: health care costs and quality in Uruguay
- Cool Uruguay video
In Ecuador, they have a state of the art radiation facility. And they actually make house calls outside the US.
Of course, the best health care is offered by these aliens:
Then there is the issue of finding alternative health care. I tried to find out about homeopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Latin American. Nothing came up much when I searched for “homeopathy”, along with the country name. But when I entered Spanish terms, like “homeopatia” or “Farmacia”, along with the country name – it produced results. But words are weird. The world “mala” means bad in Spanish, but it means “suitcase” in Portuguese. I’m not sure the history of that.
Then there are taxes
Most folks don’t realize that many countries tax on all worldwide income. Or they might want you to contribute a percentage to their medical system. This is common in countries like France or Italy. Granted, they are rated number one and two respectively, by the World Health Organization. But you have to contribute seven and one half percent of your income to it. I did find two countries that don’t tax you on world wide income: Panama and Uruguay.
So if you don’t want to pay double taxes – do your homework. Sure, but Panama and Uruguay requires you learn Spanish. But what non-English speaking country doesn’t have a language requirement. And study the books. I’m now reading the second volume entitled The Gringo Guide to Panama II, More to Know Before You GO by Elizabeth Vance.