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9/9/2008 02:53 EST

My husband and I are retired and looking for an interesting place to live with a moderate climate and reasonable cost of living. Uruguay sounds quite attractive. I lived in Brazil for 2 years in my 20's and visited Montevideo briefly, and have been reading about the country, climate, culture, etc. We have checked out apartment rental prices and other costs, but we need to find some information on health care costs. Is health care covered as it is in Europe? If not, what might a retired couple in their 60's be expected to pay monthly for comprehensive health coverage? Or is there a web site with that info available?

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9/15/2008 23:23 EST

In Montevideo there is the British Hospital. It is a private hospital and they have their own website. I believe the website talks about how you can apply to be a member.

Membership requires having a number of tests done at the hospital and since you are over 60, there is an additional amount to join (assuming they accept you).

I do not know the costs for someone in their 60's but for a person in their early 50's the cost is $120/month and that covers prescriptions that are filled at the hospital (for a nominal cost about $4 us dollars).

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