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Old 01-16-2011, 03:27 AM
 
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Malaysia has good and affordable health care. One can purchase medical insurance up until the age of 70 after which no one will cover. But medical procedures are quite low relative to western countries. For example, a colonoscopy costs only US$250-300, not US$thousands. We pay ~US$30 per month for medical insurance right now.

Google the "Malaysia My Second Home" program for retirement details.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:17 AM
 
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Are there any America-friendly countries out there that have an equitable climate and provide health care for 55-64 YO's immediately upon emigration in exchange for their day-today living $$$'s to help support the country's economy?
Technically, Norway qualifies. Although you'd have to stay in the south for any kind of retirement-friendly climate.

However, to become a resident, you need a job or a spouse there. And you'd need a job with an extra pension benefit, which would be expensive for an older person.

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I've heard the people visiting the EU who have an emergency get treated virtually free but I don't know if that translates into long-term health care for non-citizen permanent residents.
Most European countries have mutural arrangements between their UHCs, assuring their citizens get the same health care as the natives when in another European country. This also applies to a lot of non-european UHC systems.

It does not apply to Americans.

I did ask a firend of mine who is a doctor what would happen if one of my American friends was visiting and had a medical emergency. He said they'd be free to use either the private or public medical facilities, but would have to pay full price for it. Then added:

"They should probably avoid the private hospitals, because those will expect them to actually pay!"
I have the distinct impression that public hospitals will often quietly drop the charges out of a general shame at charging for a medical emergency, but the letter of the law is that they should pay.
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