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When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Chile, they replied...

"Chile has a well-developed healthcare system that provides a wide range of medical services. The public health system is free for all citizens and permanent residents, while private health insurance is available for those who wish to access more specialized care. The country has a network of public hospitals and clinics, as well as a number of private medical centers. Chile also has a number of specialized medical centers, such as those for cancer treatment, mental health, and geriatrics. In addition, there are a number of medical research centers and universities that offer medical degrees and training," wrote a member who made the move to Chile.

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"The main problem with Chile, is that it has followed the USA example, as a neo-liberal policy brought in by Pinochet/Friedman of "privatising" most State activities, including Health Care, Social Services, Pensions, Water management, Education, etc, etc. SO.........the owners of these businesses are more interested in making profits, at the "poor man's" expense, and the State does little to stop this. So there is great social inequality in Chile, with the "ruling elite" naturally wanting to maintain their advantage. As in UK, with national schooling, NHS, State Social support, etc, the State provides good standards as "safety nets" for the mass population. The Skandinavian countries offer even better examples of State social responsibility, but of course their tax regimes to support this are even higher than in the UK. In Chile, whilst the economy could afford higher taxing (private and corporate taxes) to support widespread social improvements, there is not the WILL by the "Old Guard", who wish to retain their exclusivity," explained one expat living in Santiago, Chile.

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