The One Reason I Came to Ecuador…the Amazing Healthcare

The One Reason I Came to Ecuador…the Amazing Healthcare

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June 19, 2016

When my husband Mark and I first decided to move to Cuenca, Ecuador, six years ago it wasn’t because of the spring-like weather, the low cost of living, the abundant fruits and vegetables, the proximity to the U.S., or even the picturesque colonial architecture. It was the medical care that drew us to Ecuador.

“Which country has good healthcare at an affordable cost?”

“Which country has good healthcare at an affordable cost?”

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June 7, 2016

Jason Holland – IL Roving Latin America Editor As International Living’s Costa Rica Editor, I can comment on that country. We definitely have beaches here and the weather is warm year-round. So it fits the bill on that score. More importantly Costa Rica has low-cost but high-quality healthcare. It’s one of the big reasons why Read more...: “Which country has good healthcare at an affordable cost?”

From Nurse to Healthcare Writer in Bolivia

From Nurse to Healthcare Writer in Bolivia

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May 23, 2016

Working my way through the busy marketplace exploding with vibrant colors and bustling with locals carrying out their daily grind, my heart swells with content. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful to live in such an interesting and friendly place that is so full of life. I have become so accustomed to the laissez-faire lifestyle of Tarija in Bolivia, that I could never return to the rat race.

The Top Towns and Cities in Latin America for Healthy Living

The Top Towns and Cities in Latin America for Healthy Living

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May 19, 2016

In many of the world’s best retirement havens, embracing a healthier lifestyle just comes naturally. And it’s easy to see why. With warm weather year-round, it’s easy to get out and about whenever you feel like it. Abundant fresh air fills your lungs with each breath. With everything you need within walking distance, many expats can get by just fine without a car. And those extra yards you walk each day add up to a shrinking waistline over time. Lower costs make it much easier to eat healthily, too.

Quality Healthcare in Ecuador For Half the Cost of Home

Quality Healthcare in Ecuador For Half the Cost of Home

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May 16, 2016

Recently, I spent a few weeks with my left arm in a sling. While walking on the malecon, the brick walkway along the Pacific Ocean at our home in Salinas, Ecuador, expat friends and neighbors would stop and ask me what had happened? When I replied that I had surgery, it was surprising to me how often the next statement was “Oh really? I didn’t even know you went back to the States!”

The Top 4 Countries in the World for Healthy Living

The Top 4 Countries in the World for Healthy Living

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March 3, 2016

Time and again, we hear back from readers looking for a healthier lifestyle overseas. So in this year’s Annual Global Retirement Index, we’ve added a Healthy Lifestyle category. Finding a healthier retirement abroad is a key consideration for many expats. And while many countries on our beat scored strongly in this regard, Costa Rica earned top marks.

Great Healthcare at a Low Cost in Malaysia

Great Healthcare at a Low Cost in Malaysia

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February 18, 2016

There’s so much to love about island life in Penang, Malaysia, that it’s hard to know where to start. The cost of living has gone down due to the strength of the U.S. dollar and the falling Malaysian dollar, which is great for expats living here. For example, a 2,000-square-foot apartment with sea views that cost $900 a month to rent two years ago is now just $700.