Is My U.S. Health Insurance Valid Abroad?

Is My U.S. Health Insurance Valid Abroad?

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September 27, 2019

Readers often write in to International Living to ask whether U.S. health insurance companies cover treatment abroad. For any U.S. resident considering a move abroad, this is an important consideration. The short answer is: probably not. Most U.S. health insurers don’t cover treatment outside the U.S. Neither, of course, does Medicare.

Visiting the Hot Springs of Arenal, Costa Rica

Visiting the Hot Springs of Arenal, Costa Rica

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April 9, 2019

If you’re ever in the Arenal region of Costa Rica there is one activity you have to make time for: a dip in one of the natural hot springs. Known locally as “aguas termales,” the 90 to 110 degree Fahrenheit waters are naturally heated by volcanic activity. In fact, most of the hot springs have a great view of the Arenal volcano from the pools.

A Wonderful Lifestyle in Berlin, Germany

A Wonderful Lifestyle in Berlin, Germany

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February 25, 2019

John Sklute, a retired English professor from California, has lived just about everywhere—from sunny Spain to spacious Sweden. So when he says that Berlin has a special something, you know he's done the legwork. John's love for Berlin started when he spent a summer there in 1994 and fell in love with a local. The relationship didn't work out, but John's passion for Berlin never waned.

Medical Tourism: Turn a Knee Replacement into a Lengthy Vacation in these 5 Spots

Medical Tourism: Turn a Knee Replacement into a Lengthy Vacation in these 5 Spots

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December 4, 2018

When we talk to U.S. expats about their healthcare experiences abroad, we repeatedly hear about three things that impress them: the personal, caring attention; how quickly they are able to see a doctor; and, inevitably, how affordable the care is, especially given the high quality...

San Francisco Neighborhood of Panama City.

San Francisco Neighborhood of Panama City.

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September 28, 2018

To live the big city life for less and enjoy a world-class retirement look no farther than the San Francisco neighborhood of Panama City. I chose to live in San Francisco because of its walkability, its amenities, and just how close it is to the kind of action that makes for a great city life...and from gourmet delis to evenings at the opera, I enjoyed every minute.

A Paradise Where Life is Carefree…and Healthcare Can Be Free Too

A Paradise Where Life is Carefree…and Healthcare Can Be Free Too

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August 27, 2018

Paradise is what you make it…and for many people, their paradise is life in Belize.They can have the Caribbean Sea, palm trees, sea breeze…all the things that come with a tropical lifestyle, for a fraction of the cost of back home.They can have all the amenities in havens like Caye Caulker, San Ignacio, or San Pedro. Grocery stores with everything they need...

Retirement in Uruguay Is Unique

Retirement in Uruguay Is Unique

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August 1, 2018

Uruguay is a nation of immigrants—which means that if you're looking to retire overseas, you'll fit right in. This unique country's citizens are descended from all corners of the world; about 90% of Uruguayans have ancestors from Western European, with the highest percentages from Spain, Italy, and France. And, because most Uruguayans are descendants of immigrants (and many know and can tell you their family's relocation story) newcomers are generally treated warmly.

Health Care in Colombia: Top Quality and Affordable

Health Care in Colombia: Top Quality and Affordable

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July 30, 2018

Before moving to South America in 2008, I worked independently and couldn’t afford health insurance. Here in Colombia, where health care costs are low, I used to pay out of pocket for medications and basic services, such as a dental checkup, which costs around $25. Even so, I often went without the care I needed to avoid extra expenses.