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!

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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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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:

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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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