Top-Class Care in “Eisenhower’s America” – Our Healthcare in Uruguay series continues

Our Getting Healthcare in Uruguay series continues. Today, as the top featured article at International Living Magazine and Website. Uruguay Expat Life / Uruguay For Me co-founder and co-owner Lisa Marie Mercer is an author for International Living. In this case, she also was the designated research subject!

Top-Class Care in “Eisenhower’s America”.

Yes, you still can get a “house call” in Uruguay. You also can get an ambulance transfer from your local polyclinic, with a physician in it, not just a paramedic, to rush you to a major medical center, and get a half-dozen tests done in one night. Then wake up and say “where the heck am I?” Read the rest at Uruguay Expat Life…

7 international health-care havens for retirees – from MarketWatch (and us!)

7 international health-care havens for retirees – Slide Show – MarketWatch.

MarketWatch logoThe Wall Street Journal sister site MarketWatch knows that Uruguay is one of the top affordable places in the world for affordable healthcare.

How do they know that? Well, because Uruguay Expat Life’s own Lisa Marie Mercer told them! She’s quoted in the linked article, with the comparison between the hundreds monthly and thousands annually in the USA for insurance, vs the low-cost high-quality membership in one of the medical “mutalistas” here in Uruguay.

Health Care in Uruguay – Preview

Our ongoing series has been about Health Insurance in Uruguay, but in the most recent post, I mentioned how that isn’t exactly the same as Health Care. Briefly noting that our experiences with our mutualista, Asociación Española, are really as members of that mutual health care society, not as customers of some insurance scheme.

Asociación Española Central in Montevideo

Well, we are going to have more tales to tell you first-hand. In the past week, we’ve needed to access it three different times, the most recent, today. For an urgent, could have been near-emergency situation, but thankfully, not all that serious. More details soon, Continue reading Health Care in Uruguay – Preview

Health Insurance and Health Care Experiences

Our next update on Health Insurance in Uruguay will be a bit delayed. In part due to an unplanned need to get some health care personally! I promised you that update and analysis on the Mexican Public Health Department study of Health Care in Uruguay, and I’ll be doing it. Hopefully within the next 2 weeks.

As to my health care incident: Nothing serious, as long as I don’t try to raise my right arm. Old ski injury. Newer parking lot injury. Recent I-have-no-idea-what re-injury! Our article delay also is in part due to pushing out a new website and author hub for a fascinating memoir of expat life that led from California through Germany, Israel, Cyprus, and eventually to Uruguay. That author, Susan Joyce, is our first client under Lisa’s and my newly rebranded and expanded venture, Southern Cross Web and Social Marketing.

Cross made of interwoven colors of the flags of Uruguay (blue / white) and Spain (red / yellow)The other day, I did stroll into our mutualista, Asociacón Española, paid all of UYU $218 (pesos, about U$S 11.75 US dollars at our current crummy exchange rate of 18.6:1), and was seen in 5 minutes by a doctor. Continue reading Health Insurance and Health Care Experiences

Getting Health Insurance in Uruguay – update from a major study

US National Institutes of Health - Online Library LogoWe’ll have a new post in our ongoing series, Getting Health Insurance in Uruguay, later this week. I’ve just been reading over a number of definitive sources, including a major analysis published by Mexico’s Public Health agency. They’ve been doing a series of reports on the health systems of other Latin American countries. The Uruguay study was published in 2011, from data in 2009, after Uruguay’s Health Care Reform law came into effect. It gives much more detail about the three tiered system of Uruguayan health care I mentioned our Part 1 and Part 2 posts.

The formal report, Sistema de Salud en Uruguay, is in Spanish. I’ve been reading it in both the original and in two alternate machine translations. Will have links, and our perspective here at Uruguay Expat Life / Uruguay For Me, coming up this week.  Meanwhile for an overview, here is the abstract, in English, at the US National Institutes of Health website. If you’d like to read the original, it’s here for free at SciElo.

As a sampler, did you know that over 50% of the population here (including me and Lisa Marie Mercer) choose the cooperative, “mutualista” system of paid by social security payroll tax, or voluntary buy-in (for all of about $85 US monthly per person), and 37% are in the fully-subsidized Public Health tier? Only 2% go for the Private system. The rest are covered either by the military, or some other organizational-specific system.

If you read the typical “Institutional Expat” blogs, forums, websites, Facebook groups, you may get the impression that only the Private system is any good. Or worse, that the only thing worth having is some kind of special “Expat Cover”. Baloney! (and malarkey too). Continue reading Getting Health Insurance in Uruguay – update from a major study