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Old 04-08-2019, 08:29 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I've seen shows about American retireies living in these little towns in Hondorus, Costa Rica, Panama where ever. Something tells me that if they wake up with a pain in theirchest that travels down their arm, or lump in their breast or testicles they'll wish they were back in the States.
Less so with Costa Rica and Panama. Their medical facilities in the major cities are pretty acceptable and they’re cheap enough that they won’t financially ruin you over medical costs. That’s all part and parcel of why more Americans, especially retirees, have moved there among other places.

Healthcare for many in the US is highway robbery. It will financially ruin you with a bad roll of the die. We have a good healthcare plan, but we also have out of country plans set up. This is partially because I’m pretty paranoid (we’re young, in good health, and have what is considered great health insurance here), but evaluating options and risks really put in perspective how onerous healthcare costs in the US really are with little potential headwind in the near future because any movement towards reform in that direction collapses into vitriol about socialism. I recommend people really look at their options outside the US especially if they have older members of the family they care about and care enough that they would actually risk destitution (but want to avoid such) for good end of life care. If you don’t give a **** and hate your elders or are swimming in money, then you’re fine.

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Old 04-09-2019, 06:48 AM
 
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Yeah those places may be good for elective surgery, boob jobs and butt lifts. But Mick Jagger came to the states for his heart valve, and not the NHS or Costa Rica.
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Old 04-09-2019, 08:15 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Yeah those places may be good for elective surgery, boob jobs and butt lifts. But Mick Jagger came to the states for his heart valve, and not the NHS or Costa Rica.
Sure, thatís why I said an exception for those swimming in money. Mick Jagger probably qualifies, no?
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:21 AM
 
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To what country though? It must be hard living somewhere outside of the USA. I have visited Columbia before and it was really awesome but I was a tourist. So where do you go? What city and what country? What price point?

Another person mentioned Costa Rica and living on a farm there. It would be cool to do that if there was a bunch of people who did it together. I have heard it is cheap living in Costa Rica and to buy land is doable. On the other hand I heard that Costa Rica is not inexpensive anymore.
Costa Rica isn't that cheap. I loved it there, but I don't know that I would want to live there.

I am TERRIBLE at learning languages and I am not sure that I could live anywhere I didn't speak the language. I'm not sure I could adjust to the culture completely either but there are parts of the country here and there that have American enclaves, like Tamarindo.

A cousin of mine doesn't live in the US anymore but lives in another English-speaking country.

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Less so with Costa Rica and Panama. Their medical facilities in the major cities are pretty acceptable and they’re cheap enough that they won’t financially ruin you over medical costs. That’s all part and parcel of why more Americans, especially retirees, have moved there among other places.
I know a lot of people go to CR for dental procedures because it's usually half the price but the work is good. They have entire things set-up for it down there.

There is a poster I see on other parts of the forum I think she retired to Ecuador? I think it's also a little enclave where she is.
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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Ha.

If someone moves to NYC, upon notice of this offer, then moves away do they get a constellation prize or a swift kick in the
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:23 PM
 
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Mick has essentially unlimited money to spend on it. Someone who's considering offshore retirement, likely for financial reasons, likely doesn't.

Hey, if you can afford to go to the best hospitals in NY or Boston, yes, you're right. Will they take Medicare?

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Yeah those places may be good for elective surgery, boob jobs and butt lifts. But Mick Jagger came to the states for his heart valve, and not the NHS or Costa Rica.
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Old 04-10-2019, 07:33 PM
 
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You should visit since JetBlue has daily flights. Go to the municipal websites for Raleigh. Cary and Durham. Starting last week the outdoor festivals and Food Truck Rodeos are everywhere.Rent a car and even check out some Apartments or new housing developments.
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Old 04-11-2019, 10:10 AM
 
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What don't you like about PA?
It depends on where in PA you're talking about. I had a friend whose daughter married a physician training here with the agreement that he'd go back and do pro bono work at home for 2 years. when they married and he wanted to stay, the deal they cut was to spend 2 years working in a rural area here with a shortage of doctors and they sent him to Erie PA. He said every Thursday and Friday night, DWIs would roll in like the tide.

Had a relative who worked in Harrisburg for 2 years and I'd rather have died than move there, though the difference between dying and living in Harrisburg PA wasn't much.

They were also the only east coast state that got on the list of top 5 white supremacist states.

Philly area is OK, sort of, but anywhere else is just awful IMO. I couldn't relate to the people, either.
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Old 04-12-2019, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Outer Boroughs, NYC
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I am not questioning either whether NYC has anything to offer, but whether it still has anything UNIQUE to offer. Do you know what "unique" means? Something substantially different from anywhere else. Does it have something unique that justifies paying twice as much for a co-op in a dorman building as one would pay for a condo in an identical building in Pittsburgh PA, where the Pittsburgh building is also in a better preserved historic neighborhood with less crime risk (and where also life is not very tough or getting tougher in any way)?
Crime isn't a concern for choosing to live in NYC -- today it's the safest large U.S. city, with a crime rate lower (sometimes far lower) than that of most American cities. If you avoid a few neighborhoods in central Brooklyn or the South Bronx after 11:30 p.m., NYC is actually safer than Pittsburgh. It's not 1978.

There's definitely a "unique" aspect about NYC: You absolutely don't need a car, you have supermarkets and produce stands a block or two from your door that close late (there are also lots of 24-hour minimarkets, though their prices are higher). It's a "sidewalk city," even in the Outer Boroughs where I live. This lifestyle is one the city's unique attractions, because it's not just in a few neighborhoods of a city, like Pittsburgh, but rather common in every neighborhood.
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Old 04-12-2019, 01:40 PM
 
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Post where you'd go, when you'd go, and why. Then I will respond if you receive any prizes.

I will go first

I'd go to California
ASAP
To get the hell away from the next announcement from Deblasio!

Ding-ding-ding ding!
I win a new cherry-red colored Tesla!! rooom rooOMmm
Nope.

You win even nuttier government, a soul crushing commute with lousy mass transit options and a Valley Girlesque accent.

Enjoy!
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