International Medical Cost Comparisons
One subject that older expats probably don't like to think about is the cost of medical treatment. Medical costs tend to be cheaper in developing countries, but not all are equal, nor are expats always treated equitably.
Government sponsored health and medical treatments do tend to temper the costs, but if someone is living abroad, getting to one's home country for treatment can be more expensive than paying in their adopted land.
Health insurance is very expensive at 60 and often disappears altogether at 70. At that point, self insurance may be your only option. Nest-eggs usually serve as the final option.
So if you need a medical procedure, shopping it around may save some of those precious funds. If you really do need a hip replacement, Argentina seems to be the cheapest option. Questions include: how good are the doctors and hospitals?
Do You Trust Local Doctors?
While it may not make dollars and sense to spend money on travel and accommodation if you can get adequate treatment locally, what if you can't trust local doctors and medical facilities? Then you need to evaluate the total package of travel and medical costs and medications.
Many developing countries, especially in the Asian region, Central and South America have been developing a segment of their health care industry to medical tourism. We will be exploring some of those destinations for subsequent reports.
|Scanning & Imaging|
|CT Scan, Abdomen||103||124||437||183||118||175||630|
|CT Scan, Head||82||124||192||183||252||310||119||300||328||566|
|CT Scan, Pelvis||66||124||166||183||257||349||117||386||328||567|
• All prices are converted to USD
1 Doctors' fees and Hospital fees
2 Celebrex is commonly prescribed for pain
3 Vitorin is commonly prescribed for high cholesterol
4 Cymbalta is commonly prescribed for anxiety, depression & fibromyalgia
5 Nasonex is commonly prescribed for nasal allergies
6 Liptor is commonly prescribed for high cholesterol
7 Nexium is commonly prescribed for acid reflux
Argentina: Prices are a weighted average from the public system, the social security system, and a private health plan.
Australia: Prices are private sector prices paid by a private health plan.
Canada: Prices are public sector prices for the province of Nova Scotia.
Chile: Prices are private sector prices paid by a private health plan.
France:Prices are a blend of public and private system prices.
Netherlands: Prices are private sector prices paid by a private health plan, and incorporate the new DRG system implemented in 2012.
New Zealand: Prices are public sector prices based on the fee schedule for one large District Health Board, as well as other national tariff pricing lists.
South Africa: Prices are private sector prices paid by a private health plan.
Spain: Prices are private sector prices paid by a private health plan.
Switzerland: Prices are public sector prices.
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