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    Default getting sick in the DR

    I am pushing 50 and work in NY. I am in love with life in the DR and cannot wait till I am 65 and getting medicare to move to the DR. I want to go when I am 55 , take whatever I can from the 401 k plans and CDs I have and start up shop in La caleta or Boca Chica. I know some people there for a while now ( Dominicans) and I am sure they would help me get around. However, what worries me is the health system and what I might or might not be entitled to. I am in fairly good health, no major problems,yet....but who knows? If I should get sick over there, would they take care of me? Would I need totake up residency and pay taxes to get the benefits- which I would gladly do? Any advice is much appreciated as I want to start my building plan right now... cheers MIke

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    Have you looked into full coverage health insurance in the country? It is very affordable. The better doctors are in the bigger cities as well, (S.D. and Santiago.) Something you want to keep in mind.

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    I've got years of medical use while residing in Asia and several Euro socialist states.
    Now I've got 30 years of experience with DR medicine.
    I can't get Medicare without well over $1000 travel expenses for only one week.
    Bottom line:
    You can visit 5 doctors here for the price of one in the US, then decide what to do.
    Many specialists here with decades practicing in the US - came home for better life.
    As in most countries but the US, you can get any lab work without Dr. interference.
    As with Drs., some clinics are better than others. It's up to you (isn't that great?).
    Costs will run 15-40% of the US, some lab work as low as 1%.
    Insurance is available, but get some experience without it before thinking you need it.
    See "Healthcare Experiences in the DR" at http://www.thornlesspath.com/healthcareexperiences.pdf

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    what country are you coming from amstellite

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrhartley View Post
    what country are you coming from amstellite
    He said NY ( New York)

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    some places take us health insurnace I think, this would need checking into

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    I would like to know which do thank you

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    I would disagree about living in La Caleta or Boca Chica, just because that is about the grungiest of places in the beautiful country. Now if you said San Juan de la Maguana, or Bani, or La Vega, I'd say: "All right!!" At least you'd have real people around you with some education and some facilities...

    Sorry, do not like the area. But by the time you get here, it will probably be part of East Santos Domingo ( Oh God!!) and even worse...I mean, schitt, man, find a place with at least good water and electricity!! Even Mao or Santiago Rodriguez is better than those places...

    Any way, it is said that HOMS in Santiago will be working with Medicare and Medicaid shortly.

    And by the time you get here I probably won't even be here to say "I told you so!!"

    HB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post
    I would disagree about living in La Caleta or Boca Chica, just because that is about the grungiest of places in the beautiful country. Now if you said San Juan de la Maguana, or Bani, or La Vega, I'd say: "All right!!" At least you'd have real people around you with some education and some facilities...

    Sorry, do not like the area. But by the time you get here, it will probably be part of East Santos Domingo ( Oh God!!) and even worse...I mean, schitt, man, find a place with at least good water and electricity!! Even Mao or Santiago Rodriguez is better than those places...

    Any way, it is said that HOMS in Santiago will be working with Medicare and Medicaid shortly.

    And by the time you get here I probably won't even be here to say "I told you so!!"

    HB

    HB, it could be worse, the OP could be moving to Villa Altagracia.

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    you can get a decent dominican health insurance. there are many companies to chose from: humano, seguros universal, la colonial and many more. monthly payment depends on the plan.

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