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Author Topic: Anyone here ever seriously consider moving or move out the the USA?  (Read 3645 times)


oggsmash

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Re: Anyone here ever seriously consider moving or move out the the USA?
« Reply #91 on: June 02, 2021, 02:47:08 PM »
Have you ever been bankrupted by medical bills?

  Have you?  I do know a fellow, back in the 90's who went to India for a heart procedure that here was going to cost him possibly up to 3/4 of a million dollars for total care and costs.  He got the same thing done in India for a grand total of 10k (including air fare and 1 month stay for follow up care). 

  I think that issue lies not so much with a universal health care, but with health care costs that have broken through a top end point that is not justifiable in the USA. 

  I would also say I can not see a situation where I could be bankrupted from health care costs for me.  I would check out before bankrupting family to keep a husk of me alive.

Before Covid health-tourists would often come to uruguay to get dental work done. In uruguay the dentists are very good, and also remarkably cheap (a routine cleaning/check up runs about $25USD, which is the only number I know because I've gone my entire life without a single cavity and still have all my teeth, but anyways bigger surgeries are often hugely less expensive than in other parts of the world). For some people, the cost of the flight+surgery in Uruguay was still cheaper than the surgery in their own country.

Also, Uruguay  has great health care for pay, which is way better than the service I ever got with Canada's "Free" health care that you still had to pay for if you had any decent salary. In Alberta in the early 2000sI was paying something like $100CDN (say, $75USD) per month for "free" health care that included huge waiting periods and dubious attention.

In Uruguay I'm paying about $75USD today in 2021, for service that includes being able to call a doctor to come make a house call to me anytime I want as often as I want at no added charge. Plus of course hospital service (which is a great hospital; I've fortunately only been hospitalized in it once for a few days but the service was spectacular, even the freaking hospital food was delicious!), and a very large discount on prescriptions.

   I am down to Ecuador, Uruguay, and looking like Panama.   This sure makes Uruguay look very, very close and if I were planning to be a city dweller it would already be the winner.

Well, if you're not planning to be a city dweller, you should consider the cost of land and the laws about non-citizens buying land in each country.

  I am, and it is why Ecuador still finds a high rank on my finals, and with Panama cutting back on its residency by investment, it looks like I am down to two.  Will take a 2 week trip to each and take a look around and go from there.

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Re: Anyone here ever seriously consider moving or move out the the USA?
« Reply #92 on: June 02, 2021, 05:08:55 PM »
I don't consider moving, but if I had to for some reason, I would move to the southern hemisphere.
Tasmania would be my first choice, followed distantly by Chile.

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Re: Anyone here ever seriously consider moving or move out the the USA?
« Reply #93 on: June 02, 2021, 07:13:56 PM »
The lovely wife has been showing me pictures of compact homes recently.  I think she wants to have some builders in the Philippines make one for her as a retirement option since she has family with land back there.  So, that's her way of being subtle and trying to sell me on the international retirement thing.  We'd have a lovely view of Taal, you know, that volcano that erupted last year.
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