What is a good country to retire in, where older people are given health care?

What country is small and peaceful, has dental and health care for residents and has low rents?

I have traveled to many countries and I still think United States of America is by far the best place in the world to live, even for senior citizens. I don’t know about healthcare. I would imagine the following countries have socialized medicine. Socialized medicine although seems “free” it is not. It is paid for through taxes. I have heard that some of the following countries have about 50% of income goes towards taxes. The following countries although not all of them small (many are), are relatively peaceful because they don’t get too involved in war. Not all of these countries are affordable though, for example Monaco, usually only extremely wealthy people live there. Many countries you don’t get a whole lot of "bang for your buck" when it comes to rent. Many countries are short on space so housing is small and tightly packed together. Bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens are VERY tiny. For example, in one country I’ve been to the average flat (apartment) was about 300 to 600 sq. ft. and this was a flat with a kitchen, one bathroom, living room and two bedrooms. The rooms were so small they were like closets. In America a place that small would probably rent for about $500 a month in the Midwest and be a studio apartment with just one big room instead of divided up into five rooms. It was renting for 1,500 Euros a month which is about $2,200 a month in American money. So although the country may be small and "peaceful" and have socialized medicine, the rent in most other countries is very high because property is at a premium. Not only is space limited in these countries but many of the flats are VERY old, as in hundreds of years old. One flat I looked at dated to the 1600’s. The bathrooms and kitchens in these flats just aren’t as nice as the ones we have here in America in my opinion. Also many countries have age and income requirements for immigration and you must learn to read, write and speak the language. Many countries their healthcare system only applies to people who have become citizens. Anyway, here are some countries for you to research:

Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Czech Republic (Prague)
Denmark
Finland
Greenland
Iceland
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Monaco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
Sweden
Switzerland

I can think of many others, but these are the ones that would probably fit more of what you are looking for.

17 thoughts on “What is a good country to retire in, where older people are given health care?”

  1. I dont’ know about small and peaceful or low rents, but South Africa has health care for life.
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  2. My mom is from Portugal and her and my dad plan to retire there. She said that as long as you get Portuguese citizenship when you move there, you don’t pay health care premiums etc. not sure as far as prescriptions and glasses etc. but it might be worth looking into… it’s a beautiful country, lots of beaches and plants and flowers, warm but not too hot and a lot of people there speak english.
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  3. Scotland, has all that for its citizens, and outside its big cities life is very peaceful and the cost of living fairly low. I think MacDuff in Aberdeenshire is a pretty coastal town popular with retirees, and i should think rents would be reasonable.
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  4. When you find that country, check on their immigration rules & regs. Some nations will not accept Oldsters as immigrants since they present a liability without adding value to their country. Most countries will have age limits & other standards for immigration.
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  5. Nobody is given health care, it has to be paid for by taxpayers. Is it fair of you to expect other people to cover it when you have contributed nothing?
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  6. Canada In BC we pay $ 96.00 for medicare Hospital is free dental not covered We all so trave lfree on the ferrys Yearly bus pass $ 45.00
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  7. I would suggest Costa Rica…..small, peaceful and exceptional health care. But you must become a resident for health care and it is very affordable. Many people come here for a dental or medical ‘vacation’.
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  8. Nobody is "given health care."

    Some body has to pay for it.

    Go in peace.

    And, always remember: — Jesus loves you!!

    Sincerely,
    Uncle Floyd
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  9. Canada, not really small, geographically, but VERY small ideologically. EXCEPT for its charmingly pragmatic concept of good health care for all of its citizens/occupants [except for for the aborigines, of course]. But be prepared to bide your time in an ugly dirty bloody bed in the hallway of one of its socialistic hospitals … Oh! And can you spell ‘triage’? Still, if I were very very ill I would head there, except fot the climate of course.
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  10. I have traveled to many countries and I still think United States of America is by far the best place in the world to live, even for senior citizens. I don’t know about healthcare. I would imagine the following countries have socialized medicine. Socialized medicine although seems “free” it is not. It is paid for through taxes. I have heard that some of the following countries have about 50% of income goes towards taxes. The following countries although not all of them small (many are), are relatively peaceful because they don’t get too involved in war. Not all of these countries are affordable though, for example Monaco, usually only extremely wealthy people live there. Many countries you don’t get a whole lot of "bang for your buck" when it comes to rent. Many countries are short on space so housing is small and tightly packed together. Bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens are VERY tiny. For example, in one country I’ve been to the average flat (apartment) was about 300 to 600 sq. ft. and this was a flat with a kitchen, one bathroom, living room and two bedrooms. The rooms were so small they were like closets. In America a place that small would probably rent for about $500 a month in the Midwest and be a studio apartment with just one big room instead of divided up into five rooms. It was renting for 1,500 Euros a month which is about $2,200 a month in American money. So although the country may be small and "peaceful" and have socialized medicine, the rent in most other countries is very high because property is at a premium. Not only is space limited in these countries but many of the flats are VERY old, as in hundreds of years old. One flat I looked at dated to the 1600’s. The bathrooms and kitchens in these flats just aren’t as nice as the ones we have here in America in my opinion. Also many countries have age and income requirements for immigration and you must learn to read, write and speak the language. Many countries their healthcare system only applies to people who have become citizens. Anyway, here are some countries for you to research:

    Australia
    Austria
    Belgium
    Canada
    Czech Republic (Prague)
    Denmark
    Finland
    Greenland
    Iceland
    Liechtenstein
    Luxembourg
    Monaco
    Netherlands
    New Zealand
    Norway
    Portugal
    Sweden
    Switzerland

    I can think of many others, but these are the ones that would probably fit more of what you are looking for.
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  11. Well it isn’t small, and some parts are not peaceful, but it is so vast, and there is so much beauty, that you can always find peace somewhere.

    I live in a smaller town and it is peaceful and still has that home town feeling about it.

    As for health care here is a list which shows you how good our health care is.

    pacemaker,
    knee replacement
    appendicitis
    Parkinson’s
    finger replaced
    Arthritis

    High blood pressure
    bleeding ulcers
    gall bladder (stones)
    Cesarean

    These are conditions that my husband and I have had over the last 2O years, without paying a penny for treatment, operations and very little for prescriptions.

    For a nominal fee every month you can also be covered for dental.

    It is according to what you call low rent. One can always find rent according to what one can afford.

    What country – CANADA/
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