Quality Of Living in The Dominican Republic: Healthcare You Can Count On

Quality Of Living in The Dominican Republic: Healthcare You Can Count On

There are many reasons expats from all over the world choose to embrace life on the island in the beautiful Dominican Republic. With constant sun, affordable living, and no shortage of activities and places to explore, the island is a favoured place among snowbirds and sun-seekers alike, all year round! If you’re hoping to claim your slice of paradise, but are wondering about some of the more important logistics like healthcare, Casa Linda is here to ease your worries and assist you in getting started. Read on to learn more about medical care in the Dominican Republic.

World-Class Care, World-Class Facilities

One of the predominant concerns of anyone moving abroad is ensuring you’ll always have access to quality medical care when it matters the most. Healthcare in the Dominican Republic has seen vast improvements and expansion since 2001 and now includes a multi-tiered system that has been designed to provide optimal service for everyone. In addition to their reformed system, the Dominican now has a leading reputation for exceptional care, including readily available access to world-class facilities and highly-qualified medical professionals. Not only is the Dominican system well 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 where it counts the most.

Health Insurance You Can Rely On

Alongside an outstanding medical system, the Dominican offers residents easy access to affordable health and dental coverage. There are multiple plans to choose from, with advanced plans ranging 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.

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Hospitals

One of the biggest surprises that might catch expats off guard is how advanced the level of healthcare is on the north coast of the Dominican. Five minutes from Casa Linda’s community is Centro Medico Cabarete, a full-service hospital which provides specialists for all medical issues, a full-service surgery, excellent diagnostic equipment like an MRI, as well as English speaking professional to assist.

Twenty minutes away in Puerto Plata you’ll find more hospitals, the best of which is Bournigal. This private hospital accepts local health insurance and has excellent facilities and doctors. Should you have the need for more advanced treatment, HOMS Hospital in Santiago (1 hour away) is a high-end facility that has become a destination health care provider for people from around the world. HOMS specializes in oncology, heart health, and even has robotic surgery options.

Relax in Paradise

The WHO currently ranks the Dominican Republic healthcare system within their top 100 systems, meaning you can have peace of mind and never need to worry about medical care acting as a barrier to living in paradise.

Are you ready to discover life in the sun? Contact Casa Linda today to learn how you can get started building your dream home!

Fact or Fiction: What to Know About Moving to the Dominican Republic

Fact or Fiction: What to Know About Moving to the Dominican Republic

If you’re in the early stages of planning to relocate to a warmer destination permanently, you’ve no doubt come to realize that choosing the perfect place to call home is not without its fair share of questions. While everyone has their own unique needs and wants as they look to move abroad, there are common concerns that can help to make your decision a little easier as you research. The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular destinations for expats from all over the world, and for good reason! In addition to our sun-kissed beaches swaying palm trees and crystal blue waters, the DR has plenty of perks for foreign residents to discover.

Casa Linda has been welcoming newcomers to our beautiful shores for nearly 30 years and is always pleased to help provide valuable insight when it comes to planning a move to the Caribbean. Below we’ll highlight 5 Common Misconceptions About Life in The Dominican Republic. Read on to learn more!

1. Owning An Island Property is Way Too Expensive For The Average Person

Almost everyone dreams of escaping to a tropical paradise at some point in their lives, but few will actually take the leap forward to try and learn more. Why? The common misconception is that island living is simply too expensive for the “average Joe”. While it’s true that some locations can be quite expensive, many prospective buyers are pleasantly shocked to learn that building a custom villa in the Dominican Republic is actually far cheaper than anticipated. Casa Linda strives to create stunning residences at affordable price points, and with 10 floor plans starting as low as $199,000, your dream of escaping to the island is much closer to reality than you think!

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2. I’ll Be Leaving My Comforts Behind

While it’s totally understandable to feel some apprehension about having to embrace a new culture and style of living, the Dominican Republic is actually quite close to standard western living…just warmer! Our local grocery stores feature the same products you know and love, and your favorite brands can be found in stores with ease. As far as infrastructure, internet, and other daily necessities are concerned, you can rest easy with the knowledge that the DR has the best communication systems in Latin American, as well as exceptional medical facilities and healthcare providers. Simply put, even though there will be a few differences to get used to, you’ll have no problem feeling at home.

3. Safety First!

Contrary to misconceptions, the Dominican Republic is a very safe place to live. Ranked 71st internationally, the Dominican actually ranks safer than other popular expat destinations such as Mexico, Cuba, Belize, The Bahamas, and more. This means that so long as you’re diligent with general self-awareness and best practices, you’ll have no problem enjoying this vibrant community full of first-class comforts. As an added peace of mind feature, Casa Linda offers 24/7 security within the community, which is particularly helpful for those who need to travel home for long stretches of time.

4. Medical Care is Below Average

If you’re worried that you might not receive the kind of healthcare you’re used to upon moving to the DR, you’ll be very pleased to learn you have absolutely no need to worry. The Dominican Republic is home to leading medical facilities and practitioners with service available in English. In fact, the Dominican is so well known for its medical services around the world that it has become an increasingly popular spot for medical tourism. With affordable insurance rates and expert care always available, you never have to worry about is being taking care of.

5. I’ll Have a Hard Time Settling in

Let’s be honest for a moment: relocating abroad is a big change, and with any major disruption to our daily norms, it’s more than fair to feel a little out of place, even when settling into paradise. Fortunately, thanks to the incredibly welcoming community of locals and expats here on the island, any feelings of being “left out” or isolated never last long. Casa Linda is full of friendly faces that have been in your shoes before, and with plenty of activities available, you’ll have no problem finding new ways to get involved and socialize!

Are ready to embrace life in paradise? Contact Casa Linda today to learn more about making your dream escape a reality!

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Fact or Fiction: What to Know About Moving to the Dominican Republic

Cost of Living in the Dominican Republic: What to Prepare For

Have you and your loved one decided to make the leap and embrace the thrill of becoming an ex-pat? Choosing a new home abroad is one of the most exciting decisions you’ll ever make. Whether you’re gearing up for retirement or simply need a change of pace that allows you to enjoy life at your own speed. For over 30 years Casa Linda has welcomed expatriates from all over the world to our sunny shores and helped them discover their dream home in paradise. With a team that’s dedicated to helping you feel at home, you can trust us to help answer your biggest questions and help you feel at ease.

Below, we’ll discuss one of the most important aspects of moving abroad: budgeting for the cost of living. Many of our homebuyers are pleasantly surprised to learn that the cost of living in the Dominican is significantly cheaper than life at home, meaning that your budget tends to go farther. Read on to learn more about 3 major financial points to consider, as well as what you can expect while living on the island.

Plan For Success

Before we dive into three major areas for financial consideration, it’s worth mentioning that the most important step you can take towards moving abroad is to have an open and honest conversation with your spouse and financial advisor, especially if you’ve not been on top of longterm planning prior. Knowing where you stand will make it easier to plan ahead with confidence, as well as have the information you need to apply for long-term residency.

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Housing

It comes as no surprise that one of the predominant concerns of anyone moving abroad is finding housing that is not only affordable but perfectly suited to your wants and needs. Casa Linda is proud to offer state of the art villas starting at prices as low as $179.6k USD. Nestled on the tranquil northern end of the island, our gated community features ten incredible floor plans to choose from, along with multiple amenities like 24/7 security, activity planners on-site, private restaurants, a VIP beach club and more. Our team makes it easy to embrace life to the fullest in the Caribbean while living in a house you love!

Healthcare

Second to housing, the other main concern for most expats is ensuring they’ll have adequate care when they move aboard. Fortunately, those looking to relocate to the Dominican will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the DR offers exceptional medical care on all levels, and features state of the art facilities staffed with highly qualified professionals that are all readily available. The monthly cost for health insurance can be as low as $100 USD and wait times, as well as procedural costs, are typically much cheaper than they are back home. This means that the Dominican is a safe bet when it comes to taking care of your health today, tomorrow, and in the many years to come!

Daily Necessities

Finally, one of the other pleasant surprises ex-pats find upon settling into daily life in the DR is that daily necessities like food are often much cheaper, including meat and dairy products. With ample fresh vegetation and resources available all year round, you can expect your cost for groceries to drop, meaning you’ll save more while eating fresh!

Ready To Learn More?

Tired of dreaming of palm trees and pina coladas? It’s time to make your vision a reality. Contact Casa Linda today to learn more about taking your first steps, and visit our resource centre for more information now!