Health Care In The Dominican Republic

Health Care In The Dominican Republic

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Unless you’ve found yourself in need of emergent medical care, healthcare is usually overlooked when travelling to a new country. As a tourist, you would usually purchase international health insurance; however, it might not be applicable in all destinations. The Dominican Republic, for instance, is one of the few countries that accept most international health insurance. It also provides first-rate private hospitals and clinics with advanced technology and amenities. If you’re a visitor or planning on living in the DR, obtaining good quality healthcare is the least of your worries.

International Health Insurance

Medical plans purchased in the US or Canada are easily accepted in the Dominican Republic. There are plenty of pharmacies and medical services available in the DR with medical members who speak Spanish and English. You will be able to get the medical help you need with your international health insurance in the DR without having to worry about medical plans or finances. 

National Health Insurance

You also have the option to purchase national health insurance in the Dominican Republic. There are many plans you can purchase that cover both medical and dental care. The average cost of the plans ranges from around 700 USD to 1500 USD annually (per couple), depending on the services you would like to acquire. With these plans, you can cover your hospital stays, dental visits, ambulance services, etc. At Casa Linda, we provide you with all the information you need on securing health insurance

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Villa Bluepearl

The Bluepearl is a versatile floor plan available in either two or three bedrooms and 2.5 or 3.5 bathrooms with 2228 sq ft or 2471 sq ft, respectively. This villa is designed to be all about relaxed island living. Have a drink on one of several terraces or enjoy the outdoor bar and open pool area; entertaining has never been easier. Whatever paradise looks like for you, Villa Bluepearl is sure to be it.

Villa Harmony

Is space your number one concern? Villa Harmony is sure to satisfy all of your needs with over 2600 sq ft of room and a 15,000-gallon swimming pool. This spacious 3-bedroom floor plan offers private separated bedrooms and three full baths. It’s has been designed for effortlessly entertaining family and friends, especially in the luxury chef’s kitchen, where you can find a substantial central island. This villa is sure to be your perfect jungle bungalow!

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Here’s to Your Health! Expatriate Healthcare in the DR

Here’s to Your Health! Expatriate Healthcare in the DR

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Are you planning on relocating to the Dominican Republic and wondering what you can expect once you relocate abroad? As one of the most popular destinations for retirees as well as entrepreneurs from all over the world, the DR attracts adventure seekers looking for a beautiful, warm, and safe place to call home. With advanced infrastructure, a stable economy and government, and an extremely affordable cost of living, the Dominican Republic is a wonderful place to settle down and embrace the joy of island living.

As one of the DR’s most trusted and longstanding builders (30+ years and counting!), Casa Linda Quality Communities knows how important it is to have the right information on your side before making the leap to moving abroad. Our biggest passion, aside from building luxurious and affordable villas here in the Dominican, is making sure you have everything you need to succeed in paradise. Below, we’ll talk about one of the most important expat details you’ll want to have in mind when moving: health insurance. Read on to learn more!

Healthcare in the Dominican Republic

One of the most attractive aspects of moving the to Dominican is that you can adapt to island living without having to give up a top-tier medical system. The DR has an exceptional medical care system designed to provide quality and affordable care to all citizens and residents. At present the medical system in the DR operates under a 3-tier basis:

  1. Contributive (for those working in the Dominican and operating with a plan provided by employers)
  2. Subsidized (for low income, unemployed, or those unable to work due to an existing condition)
  3. Contributive subsidized (where most foreign residents will fall with private insurance plans etc).

Each tier has its own baselines and parameters, but by and large, the majority of expatriates tend to fall under the third category.

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What is Covered by State Healthcare

Over the past few decades, the Dominican government has made significant strides towards universal healthcare, with today’s State coverage extending to primary and hospital care in most cases. Most significant and unanticipated expenses are part of this level of care, but to ensure that you have the coverage you need when it matters most (i.e. prescriptions, surgeries and comfort base treatments, etc.), having some form of privatized insurance is advisable for your own health and peace of mind.

Types of Insurance Coverage in the Dominican

The Dominican Republic has a wide range of insurance options available for expatriates, many of which fall under an “international” category. There is also local health insurance, as well as traveller’s insurance for snowbirds or those who are looking to vacation on the island first before making their big move.

Regardless of what option you choose, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that finding comprehensive and reliable healthcare is incredibly affordable, with some plans starting as low as $100 USD every 3 months!

Living in Paradise is Easy!

Casa Linda Quality Communities is here to help you make the most out of your time in paradise. With affordable custom villages located in our beautiful Cabarete community, the life you’ve always dreamed of is only a call away! Contact us today to learn more!

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Cons of Living in the DR

Cons of Living in the DR

Cons of Living in the DR

as an expat

By Colleen Valerio

Are you interested in moving to the Dominican Republic or buying a property, but every source online seems to be only about beaches or sunsets? What elements are challenging when it comes to adapting to a new culture? We want to talk about those not so enjoyable elements about Dominican Society.

The DR is a developing country; it’s not a third-world country anymore, not by a long shot. But there is no perfect place, and we do encounter some challenges, one of them is driving. In Italy, driving is crazy too. Coming from such a North American environment, where everybody follows the rules and lights matter and you turn your signal light on.

It’s been 14 years and I’m still driving along with my husband going seriously, like what did you just do?! That would be for me, the biggest one. People don’t follow the rules. There are too many motorcycles, a lot of traffic. There are options if you don’t drive like the public transportation system. There’s a bunch of different ways of getting around here and inexpensively. Some owners that don’t drive have their cab driver on speed dial, who picks them up right at their house door. I just wish they would just follow the rule and, oh… the horn is your friend!

There’s something called “guagua”. We stand out on the road and a little, twelve or twenty-four-seater van drives up, and you just hop on, and takes you however far you want to go. Also, “carritos” are a dollar to drive from Sosua to Puerto Plata; these are actual cars that everybody kind of piles in; I wouldn’t recommend that.

For Casa Linda owners, we’re really lucky because we have a shuttle bus. The shuttle is on a schedule, it drives between Sosua and Cabarete all day every day. It goes to the grocery store, goes to the beach. There are lots of ways of getting around if you don’t want to drive.

This is such a tourist-based country, obviously tourists like clean streets, and whenever there is still a component here where they’ll be on the back of their motorcycle eating out of their Styrofoam container and huck it off the side, and just drives me crazy. On the bright side, I find that it’s getting better and there’s all this, governmental awareness.

If you’re out for dinner in the evening, you will notice at the end of one street called Pedro Clisante… There is prostitution. You will see the ladies of the evening, wandering around, not in your face and never to bother, but you will notice it. It’s a bit of a surprise to those of us that come from countries, where it’s certainly not legal. It isn’t something that is part of our life here, it’s just something you’ll notice in one part of one area of town.

So, it’s not a downside or negative, but one of the things I will caution people about is, this is different. This isn’t your home country as much as we always say. It’s like home only warmer because it really is. There are still cultural differences. It’s Spanish, you know, the waiters speak perfect English, almost everywhere we go. You don’t need to learn Spanish, which is too bad for me because, after all these years, I still speak terrible Spanish.

This is a different country; you have to be patient and realize that it’s not going to be exactly the same. If it was the same and you wanted that you’d stay. Here it’s warm and it’s lovely but it’s a slower pace. It’s the mañana mañana! The guys are going to show up to paint your pool: he says he’s coming at 1 pm, he might show up at 4:00. A whole different way, and it’s made me slow down.

At first, I had to be on it but I’ve changed especially when they love you and your family. One time our housekeeper which is like family brought this big root that even had the dirt off the end and she’s like put this in a pot and boil this for my husband’s kidney stones, and I said, wait a minute, what is this? She was no, trust me, and turned all purple, he drank it and felt better.

That’s a different way of life and you get flexible and easy going and you don’t stress about too much down here. We’re supposed to be talking about the negatives, but somehow, we’re talking about what we think is positive. I remember years and years ago, we decided to go for a drive or so we thought, we’ll meet up somewhere on this road. It was an hour and a half later on this dirt road, and we’re lost like crazy.

Then, this guy was standing on the side of the road and my husband’s Italian. So he gets up and he tries to talk Italian to the guy and like finally says, in English, are you lost? He was like the only English teacher within a 500-mile radius. He got in the car (which you would never do in Canada) and drove us back. He said, “Thanks a lot; I was kind of going to come down here anyway, so see you later”. I was like that was weird. But you know what? Those are real stories. And everybody that lives here has a story like that.

 

If you are planning for retirement or seek a home base with a lower cost of living, it’s time to check out the Dominican Republic! ? Learn more about Dominican features and amenities through our video series “Buying Real Estate in the Dominican Republic”. 

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Colleen Valerio, Marketing Director

Originally from western Canada, Colleen came to the DR over 15-years ago. She has been helping buyers find their tropical dream homes ever since.

Healthy Living in the Dominican Republic: Healthcare in the DR

Healthy Living in the Dominican Republic: Healthcare in the DR

Healthy Living:

healthcare in the dr

Are you one of the many couples considering making the leap to a permanent expatriate lifestyle? Whether you’re approaching retirement or simply need a change of pace, relocating to the Dominican Republic is a wonderful way to make the most of your new chapter in life. With dependable infrastructure, stable government, plenty of perks for foreign investors, and (of course) beauty as far as the eye can see, it’s no surprise that the DR is a popular destination for expatriates. As a trusted builder on the northern end of the island, Casa Linda Quality Communities is proud to welcome countless newcomers to our beautiful shores and helped you embrace the “life Tranquilo” (laid back and easy going). We know that moving abroad is a big decision, and our team is always here to support you in achieving your dream slice of paradise!

Below, we’ll tackle one of the most asked about aspects of relocating to the Dominican Republic: healthcare. Read on to learn more about this important topic!

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Health Matters

While there’s no shortage of details to consider when choosing your new home abroad, it’s easy to see why healthcare is typically at the top of everyone’s list of concerns. Having access to quality care plays a huge role in determining our overall quality of life, and for those with existing health conditions, or concerns for the future, knowing that you’ll have the help you need when it matters most brings priceless peace of mind. Fortunately, in the Dominican Republic, you’ll. Never have to compromise when it comes to healthcare.

World-Class Medical Care

Contrary to a popular point of confusion, the DR is home to exceptional healthcare despite being a smaller country in the Caribbean. The Dominican government has prioritized the healthcare system since 2001, and their medical care has consistently evolved into the world-class standing we have today. The Dominican now has a reputation as a leading medical care provider with highly trained doctors and state-of-the-art facilities designed to treat all levels of need. In short, not only is the Dominican leaps and bounds ahead of other Caribbean countries in terms of the quality of care offered, but shorter wait times and lower costs overall mean that residents have peace of mind here where it counts the most.

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Affordable Insurance

While most basic healthcare in the DR is offered free of charge, healthcare insurance is available from many different providers to assist with any procedures, prescriptions or additional needs that are not covered. There are several types of plans available to choose from and the average cost of an advanced plan ranges from approximately $700 to $1500 USD annually (per couple). Plans cover doctor’s visits, hospital stays, in-hospital medicines, dental procedures, ambulance services, etc. and can be purchased on a yearly or quarterly basis, making them the perfect choice for part-time residents as well as those looking to make a permanent move.

Existing Prescriptions

For those who are concerned about being able to fill current prescriptions, you’ll be happy to know that doctors here prescribe the same as other places in the world, and our local pharmacists are well trained and able to advise on health issues and medicines. If you don’t speak Spanish, you’ll still be able to receive service in English at many pharmacies.

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Dominican Living: Focus on Healthcare

Dominican Living: Focus on Healthcare

Dominican Living:

focus on healthcare

Are you in the process of considering making a permanent move abroad and researching ideal locations before house hunting? Thanks to its stable economy and infrastructure, as well as its affordable housing, the Dominican Republic has become a top favourite among expatriates from around the globe. With constant sun, a low cost of living, and no shortage of activities and places to explore, the DR has plenty of perks to offer residents. One of the most important benefits that comes with living in the Dominican that you may not know about is our world-class healthcare system. If you’ve been eyeing the DR and are wondering what your medical care might look like once you’re here, read on below to find out more!

Top-Tier Care in State of the Art Facilities

Despite misconceptions and rumours that may say otherwise is, the fact is, the Dominican Republic is home to a remarkable healthcare system that has seen vast improvements and expansion since 2001. Since the introduction of the country’s reformed approach, a multi-tiered system has emerged that gives residents access to world-class facilities and highly-qualified medical professionals. Lesser known still is that, not only is the Dominican leaps and bounds ahead of other Caribbean countries in terms of the quality of care, but the medical system often provides such services at lower costs and with shorter wait times than many North American counterparts!

Health Insurance

In addition to having one the most advanced medical systems in Latin American, the Dominican also makes it extremely easy to obtain affordable health insurance that includes both medical and dental care. There are several types of plans available to choose from and the average cost of an advanced plan ranges from approximately $700 to $1500 USD annually (per couple). Plans cover doctor’s visits, hospital stays, in-hospital medicines, dental procedures, ambulance services, etc. and can be purchased on a yearly or quarterly basis, making them a perfect choice for Snowbirds and PR seekers alike.

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HOSPTIALS:  

As we’ve mentioned above, the DR is home to exceptional care conducted in top-tier facilities, just like you would find back home. For example, just five minutes from Casa Linda is Centro Medico Cabarete, a full-service hospital that provides specialists for all medical issues, a full-service surgery, excellent diagnostic equipment like an MRI, as well as English speaking professional to assist.

 

Centro Medico Bournigal

Dedicated Expat Liaison 

Centro Medico Bournigal offers a dedicated department of English speaking staff who act as a liaison to hospital medical professionals.  They are there to help book services, get appointments, work with doctors, translate and navigate a system that is new to foreigners.  Our owners really appreciate the hands on, 24-hour service they receive.  Mixed with outstanding health care at Bournigal, this is a tool that is hard to find anywhere in the world.

 Advanced treatments are available at HOMS Hospital in Santiago (1 hour away), which specializes in oncology, heart health, and even has robotic surgery options.

Medicines

If you have existing prescriptions, you can rest at ease. Doctors here prescribe the same as other places in the world, and local pharmacists are well trained and able to advise on health issues and medicines in both English in Spanish in the majority of pharmacies.

Rest Easy In Paradise

The World Health Organization ranks the Dominican Republic healthcare system within their top 100 systems worldwide, meaning that you can move here and expect the same kind of care you would see back home, if not better in certain instances. Medical care in the DR should never be a barrier to your life in paradise, giving you peace of mind and help when it matters most.

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Your Health Matters: Medical Care in the Dominican Republic

Your Health Matters: Medical Care in the Dominican Republic

Your Health Matters:

Medical Care in the Dominican Republic

Are you planning to retire in the Dominican Republic in the coming future and feeling a little confused while researching some key details? Casa Linda is here to help! As a trusted builder on the northern end of the island, we’ve welcomed countless expats to our beautiful shores and helped them embrace the “life tranquilo” (laid back and easy going) here in the Dominican Republic. We know that moving abroad is a big decision, and our team is always here to support you in achieving your dream slice of paradise! Below we’ll talk about one of the most important aspects for any relocating couple to consider before moving abroad: healthcare. Read on to learn more!

Dispelling the “Rumours”

If you’re under the impression that the Dominican Republic has subpar healthcare due to it being a smaller country, you couldn’t be more wrong. In reality, healthcare in the Dominican Republic has seen vast improvements and expansion since 2001, and now has a world-class system that is carefully designed to provide optimal service at costs that make coverage accessible to everyone. Since introducing the reformed system several years ago, the country has garnered a reputation for leading medical care across the globe and has several state of the art facilities dedicated to advance care with service available in English and Spanish. Not only is the Dominican leaps and bounds ahead of other Caribbean countries in terms of the quality of care offered, but shorter wait times and lower costs overall mean that residents have peace of mind here where it counts the most.

Many of our Casa Linda owners have experienced outstanding service for basic medical care all the way to life saving surgery.  Bournigal Hospital in Puerto Plata has an International Center that deals with expats and tourists by providing English speaking doctors and personnel, and assists with navigating the medical system here.   It is a full service hospital with a variety of specialists, full operating theaters and no wait times.

robotic surgeryHOMS Hospital in Santiago would rival any large facility in the US or Canada and even does robotic surgery!  One entire building is devoted to cancer care.  This hospital specializes in cardiovascular care and has a bariatric and metabolic surgery center tool

 

 

Insurance You Can Rely On

In addition to having one the most advanced medical systems in the Caribbeans, the Dominican’s readily accessible healthcare insurance is designed to make coverage straightforward and affordable. There are several types of plans available to choose from and the average cost of an advanced plan ranges from approximately $700 to $1500 USD annually (per couple). Plans cover doctor’s visits, hospital stays, in-hospital medicines, dental procedures, ambulance services, etc. and can be purchased on a yearly or quarterly basis, making them the perfect choice for part-time residents as well as those looking to make a permanent move.

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Local Hospitals

As we mentioned above, the Dominican has exceptional facilities for care, including dedicated services for a wide range of specialists, surgeries, MRIs and more. With multiple facilities located within a 5-30 minute radius of Casa Linda, you can have peace of mind knowing that the help you need is always close by.

Medicine

For those concerned about current prescriptions, you’ll be happy to know that doctors prescribe the same as other places in the world, and local pharmacists are well trained and able to advise on health issues and medicines. If you don’t speak Spanish, you’ll still be able to receive service at many pharmacies and generally speaking there is typically little difficulty keeping up with your usual prescription.

Relax in Paradise

The World Health Organization ranks the Dominican Republic healthcare system within their top 100 systems worldwide, meaning that your quality of life is never a point of concern while you adapt to life in paradise. For those looking to take the leap and enjoy safe living in the Caribbean, there couldn’t be a better fit than the Dominican Republic.

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