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Old 12-24-2009, 07:55 PM
 
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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?
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Old 12-25-2009, 07:13 AM
 
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Check out Panama.They offer a lot to attract expats.
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Old 12-25-2009, 08:54 AM
 
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I've heard that Panama is one of the up-and-coming havens for expats. 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.
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Old 12-25-2009, 11:18 AM
 
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Costa Rica
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:29 PM
 
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Ditto Costa R. They do charge a whopping $10,000 for citizenship or something along those lines, so it is not free. I think you can even pay more for the better health care they have. Not bad. I think the USA should charge at least that per illegal alien trying to gain citizenship here. It would certainly offset the cost of the proposed health care package.
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Old 01-14-2011, 06:06 PM
 
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The Philippines is very Expat friendly, in light of the number of Filipinos that have become American Citizens, they specialize in retiree's from America. The Philippines has many micro-climates you can move to a climate that suits you. Baguio is considered to be cold, it was the HQ for the American Army for many years. Tagaytay is coolish; you can get to the beach rather quickly from there. There are 7200 Islands so plenty of beach property at a reasonable price. It is cool at the beach especially in the morning and evenings.

Medical in the Philippines is inexpensive, and they accept Medicare. Immigration is rather easy and there is a department set up for retirement visas. I could go on with information, and I do at my blog 12thingsilearned. I also wrote a book about my 5 years traveling experience in Asia looking for a retirement spot.
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:04 AM
 
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Ditto Costa R. They do charge a whopping $10,000 for citizenship or something along those lines, so it is not free. I think you can even pay more for the better health care they have. Not bad. I think the USA should charge at least that per illegal alien trying to gain citizenship here. It would certainly offset the cost of the proposed health care package.
They charge you for citizenship, or you have to have $10,000 in assets in CR before you can be granted citizenship?

My understanding was that aside from fulfilling residency requirements that you had to have an in-country bank balance, not that you were charged a fee.
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:14 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?
I doubt it.

Like the U.S. most countries have a residency requirement before you can apply for citizenship. Therefore, while you are a resident alien retiree, you will have to pay for some form of insurance coverge out of your own pocket, though in some countries this charge is very small compared to insurance premiums in the U.S.

If you are working in a foreign country or married to a citizen you are usually part of the state insurance/health system, if there is one.

I pay about $2,500 per year as a retiree and get great coverage in good facilities with excellent doctors. I can use private or state hospitals. My annual deductable is $1,250 per year, and beyond that all costs are covered.

I have had three major surgeries in the country where I live, and I left the hospital paying less than $50.00 for items not covered by my insurance. When I lived and worked in the U.S. for a large organization, I payed out thousands of dollars on my own each time I was hospitalized and it broke my financial hump twice!
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:00 AM
 
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The key word in the thread title is "give". Foreign countries, after all, are not stupid. The dollars a retiree would spend in daily life "supporting the economy" of a foreign country are not going to be enough to pay for that retiree's medical care, in most cases. This original post betrays a very disturbing attitude, namely that there ought to be a way to get something for nothing. This welfare mentality is bringing our country to its knees (along with other factors, of course).
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:59 AM
 
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The key word in the thread title is "give". Foreign countries, after all, are not stupid. The dollars a retiree would spend in daily life "supporting the economy" of a foreign country are not going to be enough to pay for that retiree's medical care, in most cases. This original post betrays a very disturbing attitude, namely that there ought to be a way to get something for nothing. This welfare mentality is bringing our country to its knees (along with other factors, of course).
Yes, I looked into several countries before I emigrated, and they clearly were not about to let themselves become havens for aged expats looking for free health care. My recollection, which may be wrong, was that Costa Rica did have very low-cost insurance for non-working retirees. And they had a very well organized expat advisory organization there, which would help you connect up with insurance.

I am old enough to remember the radio show "Duffy's Tavern" and all the jokes that revolved around the tavern's "free lunch."
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