Pensioners have a healthy interest in their health care.
Indeed, health is the primary concern of retirees, according to a survey by T. Rowe Price. In fact, 70% of retirees were concerned about their health and the cost of healthcare to retire, the financial services company said.
For those who want to retire abroad, this is no less – and they have to deal with the fact that it can be difficult to find out how good care is in other countries, as it is not a perfect ranking for the quality of health care gives. In addition, the countries where health care is rated highest according to various criteria, including Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and Australia, are often particularly expensive.
For this reason, we have looked at the quality of health care worldwide and have access to it from the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet and other sources to find places where health care is rated high quality. Then we looked at what it would cost to live there. Here are some places to consider if you want good health care, lots of art and culture, delicious food, and affordable living.
Italy: In terms of quality and access to healthcare, this country is always high (29th in the US). The Guardian, who evaluated a number of health care countries, noted that doctors-to-residents had a high ratio in Italy, and said: “In Italy, the national health service Servizio Sanitario Nazionale offers universal health insurance that is free or inexpensive on delivery and covers the vast majority of the medication. Independent experts are of the opinion that they offer affordable and high quality care, although there are regional differences in the standards of some state hospitals, with facilities in northern Italy being considered better than those in the south. "
And perhaps it is surprising that you can get by on a modest budget in this country: a handful of sources find that living in Italy is generally cheaper than living in the United States – although of course from the exact locations within the United States depends on countries that are compared. How cheap are we talking? Of course, that is different, but it is possible to make do with $ 20,000 a year.
Expats who are considering moving to Italy can receive medical care.
Spain: Spain is number 19 on the Lancet list for the best health care and is one of the top countries according to the World Health Organization, while the Guardian finds that there is a high number of doctors per inhabitant. The Guardian adds that health care is best here in the larger cities, which of course have higher living costs, but notes that many people travel for health care. And the health care company Aetna notes that Spain has “excellent” health care.
Life in Spain is generally cheaper than in the United States.
MarketWatch spoke to a couple who retired in Denia, Spain, over $ 2,000 a month and another couple who retired to Granada at $ 40,000 a year – and loved the lifestyle: “Granada has a way to slow you down [so that] You are more present at the moment, ”said Jim Wasserman to MarketWatch. "Here we go everywhere, we are at the moment – the lifestyle means that we sit outside and see people."
This can help you figure out how to get medical care as an expat in Spain.
There are other countries that you might consider: International Living notes this Costa Rica, Portugal and Malaysia All have high quality health care; They are also places where you can live affordably.