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kneedeep0
2/5/2007 21:06 EST

Hello All,
I'm looking into retiring in Uruguay. I love the things I've read here and else where. I'm a respiratory therapist by profession and I'm curious about part-time work. I've read that medical services are first rate. Not sure if I want to work in Uruguay, if I worked a few months a year in the states
I'm certain the pay would higher. But sometime, if you want to understand a society, the work place is a good place to start. Any comments at all would be welcome.Thx

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valentine
2/6/2007 15:56 EST

Hi,

I have been living here for over six months now. Though I donĀ“t need to, I have taken work at a local language school. That is where I have developed the relationships that have been most rewarding. If you are planning on retiring here you might want to take a local job for awhile before you choose where you want to live and how you want to live.
There is a very nice ex-pat ghetto, Carrasco, where the rents are high and the restaurants are all first class. Then there is the rest of life in Uruguay where the high end of the pay scale is US $500 per month and at that you can live comfortably. Maybe the water pressure is sporatic and there are cracks in the sidewalk, but the beach is a few blocks away and the people always have time to sit and chat.
You will get a much better look at the country and have a better idea how and where you want to retire if you work a bit here, and I would recommend working at the public hospital since working at the Brittish hospital will surround you with ex-pats.
Good luck with your plans. Uruguay is a great place to be both in the ritzy part of town and in the normal neighborhoods!

Elena

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lasoria
2/27/2007 13:37 EST

I would say for you to explore all avenues. If you're used to working in the USA, the public hospital in Montevideo might be a very different experience - maybe even too different.
My husband had many medical problems in the USA during our last 7 years there... from a perforated duodenal ulcer to a triple (twice-spontaneous) pneumothorax to prostate cancer and we were very lucky to have had the best of treatment, wonderful hospitals and doctors while we were in CA for the 21 years we were there. We have found Uruguay very different in their medical "system" and the hospitals we have visited for routine procedures since we've been here these past nine months (Britanico, Americano, Impasa and Sanatorio Cantegril/La Asistencial (in Maldonado/Punta del Este) are all very differenti in their quality and technologically-speaking. As an informed patient, if I were lucky enough to have a choice, I would only be treated at the Britanico in Montevideo and at the Cantegril in Punta del Este.
I believe your expertise will be very much needed and in demand in Uruguay. I have no idea what the salaries are in the medical field here but what Elena tells you about US$500 being the tops for most FT jobs is completely accurate. If there's anything we can be of help with please don't hesitate to contact us.
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