Health care for over 70

We are wanting to retire in either Costa Rica or ecuador. Our plans are for this to happen in 2013. I have not noticed anyone mention the cost for over 70 years of age. Also, Im a heart patient and will this mean an extra premium? Will I be able to get health insurance. I appreciate any and all information.

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Feb 12, 2012
over 70 health care and cost of living
by: Ron

I have the same question about health care. I didnt see where the article addressed that. I am also a heart patient approaching 70. I have heard that after 75 the government health insurance stops. Is this true, and if so, is there something else that one can do. What would be the cost of health care after 75? I have heard the USA is the highest healthcare in the world. So one would think you could afford healthcare in Ecuador. Your comments are most welcomed and if you want to send them directly to me, its okiedawg5 at

Feb 10, 2012
by: Miguel Vinueza

Depends where do you like to live
There are a lots of Malls and Supermarkets in the principals cities, good private health, bad public health. Depends where do you like to live the main cities are Quito ( Capital ), Guayaquil, Cuenca, Ambato, Loja, Ibarra, Machala, Portoviejo, Manta, if you prefer smallest towns there are many of them Alangasí, Valle de los Chillos, Banios de Agua Santa, Mindo, Puerto Quito, Atacames, Montanita, Puerto Bolivar, Cotacachi, Atuntaqui , these towns are near the main cities (almost 1hour or 1/2hour ).
With an income of $800 to $1500 you can have a comfortable style of living, I shown you some costs:
Three rooms appt, good located is around $400 to $600 a month. A cheaper two rooms appt will cost you $250 to $400 a month, everything depends where is located the apartment and the city. There are luxury houses with pool, gardens, rooms service, laundry room, in the suburbs around $700 to $1500 a month.In fact I have two houses for rent. But if you want to buy a house or apartment I suggest first you meet some people and ask them about prices for your final buy, a new house costs $40000 to $200000, and a new apartment costs $50000 to $120000, like I said before depends where is located, the internal furniture and the construction area.
Private nurse: $300 to $500 per month
Maid: $250 to $400 per month
Meals: $2.50 in a normal restaurant to $20 in a 5 star restaurant. Buffet in a restaurant $6, in a hotel 4 or 5 star $20, all per person.
Fast Food: Burguer King, KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell $0, 99cnts to $15
Normal Milk: $0, 65cnts to $1, 10 per liter.
Fruit and vegetables: $0, 10cnts to $3, depends per unit, kilo or pound.
Taxi fare: $ 1 the minimum ride, in some cities uses meter, ask for it, the start is $0, 35cnts.

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