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December 01, 2013

Cuenca Medical Tourism

Ecuador has long been known as one of the world's top retirement havens, offering a high quality of life at an affordable price. One of the most common questions asked by expats thinking of relocating is that of healthcare.

Did you know that recent studies report that Ecuador's medical care is amongst the cheapest in the world? A study by Bloomberg.com ranks Ecuador in the top 20 in the world for health care efficiency, reporting a per capita annual cost of only $332. In comparison, to the U.S. which ranks 45th with a per capita cost of $8,608.

According to several studies, medicines are another bargain in Ecuador, in some cases costing less than 10% of U.S. equivalents. As an example, asthma inhalers that cost from $85 to $250 in the U.S. can be purchased over the counter in Ecuador for $15 to $35. Commonly prescribed heart medications in Ecuador average between, 15% to 20% of U.S. prices.

Ecuador is very popular among expat retirees and is steadily building a reputation as a medical tourism destination. Cuenca in particular has caught the full attention of medical tourists.

According to American citizens living in Cuenca, Ecuador, one can expect to pay just 7-15% of what they would pay in the U.S. for medical treatments. A heart bypass that would cost $130,000 in the U.S. will cost closer to $11,000 in Cuenca, and a hip replacement priced in the U.S. from $43,000 to $51,000 will cost only around $8,000.

And finally, it's not only expats and medical tourists from the U.S. who are taking advantage of the medical system, but Ecuadorians living in the U.S. often travel home (sometimes after many years) just to make use of the affordable healthcare that their native country offers the rest of the world. As a result, "Find Health in Ecuador" has earned a reputation as one of the most prominent medical tourism companies serving the Medical Tourist Industry in Cuenca.

Contact Cuenca Medical Tourism if you have a query.


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