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Old 08-10-2017, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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For some or many of us the healthcare factor is not something that will keep us from living their dream. Many of us would rather die in paradise than live next to a world class hospital in some big city.

That's my take on it. Healthcare facilities were never a factor in deciding where to live or retire.
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Old 08-10-2017, 03:59 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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That's my take on it. Healthcare facilities were never a factor in deciding where to live or retire.
I'm guessing you're in a minority for those deciding where to retire.
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Old 08-10-2017, 04:30 AM
 
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I'm guessing you're in a minority for those deciding where to retire.
Although it might be a larger minority than you think. For DW and I, healthcare was a consideration, but only about the 10th on the list of things we had to have access to.

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Old 08-10-2017, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Although it might be larger than you think. For DW and I, healthcare was a consideration, but only about the 10th on the list of things we had to have access to.
It was the same with me. I have any type of medical treatment, except for maybe a transplant, within 2 miles but it just worked out that way. Wasn't planned. I moved here for other reasons. I think of it as an added bonus.

You can have great healthcare nearby but there has to be much more than that.
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I'm guessing you're in a minority for those deciding where to retire.
I would hate to think that most people figure in heath care as a major factor in where to retire, unless they have poor health to begin with. I know a lot of people on this forum have health issues, but I don't see that in the general older population. Otherwise I'd start a thread asking if where you planned to retire was influenced by health care concerns.
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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The weather was the main deciding factor in my retirement location selection. I hated the cold/snow, I wanted year round golfing weather, and my family is all east coast or close to it. This narrowed my choices down to the South Eastern US.
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I would hate to think that most people figure in heath care as a major factor in where to retire, unless they have poor health to begin with. I know a lot of people on this forum have health issues, but I don't see that in the general older population. Otherwise I'd start a thread asking if where you planned to retire was influenced by health care concerns.
my thinking - and many of the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of retirees in my area and all of FL.

https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs...here-to-retire

2. Proximity to health care. This factor may not seem as important during your earlier retirement years when you are still healthy, active and have little need for medical services beyond routine doctor visits. But you should consider the quality of and proximity to good health care when selecting a place to live so that you won't need to move again when you reach the point where you need it. You should also check out the retirement homes and senior services that are nearby, even though you may not need to use them until years later.

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Old 08-10-2017, 02:21 PM
 
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I'd rather be happy than old. Being old and happy is fine, but I have no fear of death. When it's my time to die it's my time by God's will

And quite frankly, no one is "100s of miles" from the closest ER. Not for the Op or me. Not even in Africa.. And you must have a lot of unhealthy friends. I'm 67 and the only person I know who had a cardiac issue was Mrs5150. She is alive and well and we live in our version of paradise, miles from the nearest ER.
I'm not quite so philosophical about death. We retired in our mid fifties to our summer home high, really high, in the Rockies nearly 20 years ago. Having relocated ten months ago, in our current location it is now 93F. In our prior location it is 61. Yup, mid day, mid August. Winters were hard. And long. Everyone lived on ranches of varying sizes. It was common to go out in a snow storm or freezing temperatures for hours at a time. If you fell or got injured by an animal, you weren't missed for a long time.

As for no one being hundreds of miles from an ER, we were at least 50 miles from one. And that was if the pass wasn't closed, as it often was. You were then well over a hundred miles from the next two ERs, one north and one south. And on 30 mph roads for much of the trip if weather was poor. That being the case, Flight was often grounded. Or busy.

I was with a couple volunteer fire departments most of those years. There is that Golden Hour to be considered. If you're 20 minutes from medical assistance there is a good chance that stroke or heart attack can be managed, giving you a decade or two of active life.

If first responders take a half an hour to reach your secluded location, as was often the case for a number of reasons ranging from lack of personnel to impassable roads, well, there were times when we could just as well have stood down and called in the coroner.

So, still being healthy but anticipating the day when 125 mile round trips to a doctor might become difficult, we opted to find a second, hopefully final retirement location.

In no way am I being critical of your position on this. We had a number of neighbor folks who felt as you do. Were I single I might well have been of the same mind. But I didn't want to risk putting DW in the position of not receiving care promptly or, conversely, having to take care of me because I didn't receive prompt care.

Where and when to live during last years, these are tough decisions, and can be made more difficult when your children are spread across the country and are not likely to stay in one place forever, as was the case not too many decades ago.
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Old 08-10-2017, 02:28 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Healthcare proximity is definitely a factor for me, though not one of the 2-3 main factors. I've seen the kind of care my parents & their siblings needed at an advanced age & appreciate the environments that attract good doctors & medical facilities. The way some states are happy using Medicaid as a political pawn now I'm noting as well, a lot/most of us will end up on medicaid if current trends of longevity continue, I would like those funds available to use in a state I'm in.
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Old 08-10-2017, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Straddling two worlds
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Currently recovering from a fall where I broke (landed on) my back 5 weeks ago, definitely gave me pause, but since I'm going to retire in a city anyway, the only adjustment I may make is moving to a building with an elevator instead of a walk up
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