Health care in Ecuador is great value and at a very high standard. But there is one disclaimer, healthcare outside the cities is not great.
Ecuador’s cities are home to some high quality hospitals. These have state of the art technology, specialists across the spectrum and excellent service.
An added bonus: Ecuadorian doctors spend 30 to 45 minutes with each patient. There is no rushing onto the next appointment. This means can be confident your consultation is thorough.
You can receive public medical care at a cost of only 10% to 25% of that in the United States. This huge saving provides peace of mind to a lot of expats and retirees in Ecuador. While the standard is good, you need to be a resident. Waiting times are also longer and standards are a bit below what you would expect in the States. That said, for everyday needs, public health care is more than acceptable.
Most expats choose to take out medical insurance. This allows treatment at the best hospitals in Ecuador.
If you prefer to have health insurance, it’s inexpensive. Of course the costs depend on your age. Most in-network items pay at 90%, while out-of network costs are 80%. They even include US$30,000 of life insurance.
The cost of brand-name prescription drugs is about one-third of the price in the United States. Generics are as low as one-tenth of the comparable drug. This is another advantage of health care in Ecuador.
Ecuador doesn’t suffer with black market drugs or counterfits. Expats here report that all drugs are in correct packaging and from known companies. Complete with lot numbers and expiration dates.
Quality dental care is available throughout Ecuador. Much like general medical it is affordable to everyone. Many of the dentists in Ecuador speak a little English but you will probably need to know basic Spanish to converse. Speak with local expats to find English-speaking dentists.
Expats report great experiences with dental care in Cuenca. If you are living or retiring in Ecuador part-time, try and schedule exams and dental work for when you’re in town.
Here are the prices from a dentist who practices at Santa Ana:
Examination-office visit: US$30
Fillings: US$20 to US$50
Root Canal: US$150 (single root) Crown: US$250 to US$400
As we continue shining a spotlight on the opportunity Ecuador presents right now for you to retire well even on a very small budget, I want to share another real-life expat story. John Curran and his wife Sue retired to Ecuador from Dubai. Yes, they're enjoying a dramatically reduced cost of living, but, as John explains, that's not the real upside of the move they made. I'll let him tell the story... "Sue and I were living and working in...Read more