As a developing economy, Ecuador places a high value on incoming workers to support growth in the country. As a result, there are regular opportunities for both graduates and experienced professionals and their families to move to the country, which offers the chance to live in a range of locations depending on the climate and weather you’d like to live in.
One of the biggest considerations to make when moving overseas is how you will access healthcare while living in your new destination.
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Healthcare in Ecuador is delivered across both the public and the private sector. The country operates a universal healthcare system, with free healthcare and treatment available for all Ecuadorians regardless of income and status. There is also no requirement for Ecuadorians to have any level of medical insurance cover to be able to access public healthcare.
Despite the challenging geography of the country, public healthcare coverage and availability in Ecuador is generally very good, with high standards also found throughout. While the best hospitals are found in the country’s main cities, clinics and health centres are available even in rural areas ensuring that all Ecuadorians are able to access healthcare relatively easily.
Standards in the private sector in Ecuador are also excellent, with healthcare costs being relatively cheap in comparison to the United States. Most private sector facilities are centred in urban areas, with little to no private-sector coverage in rural and remote areas of the country.
If you move to Ecuador, you will be able to make voluntary social security contributions which will enable you to access the public healthcare facilities in the country. Your employer may also make contributions on your behalf. As an expat living in Ecuador, your social security contribution will be calculated as a percentage of your salary, therefore you will be required to provide proof of income in order for the correct deduction to be made.
As of 2019, this cost would be a minimum of USD 64 per month, based on the basic Ecuadorian monthly salary of USD 366, meaning you may be better off choosing a private healthcare package and not making the voluntary contributions.
Remember that depending on where you choose to live in Ecuador may dictate the level of access to healthcare you have across both the public and private sectors, and should consider this prior to making voluntary contributions or taking out private health and medical insurance cover.
Our health and medical insurance plans start from as little as USD 26 per month for our WorldCare Essential Plan. This plan covers you for any in-patient and day-patient care you require while living in Ecuador, and is a good plan for those with pre-existing or conditions that may require long-term management and treatment.
In addition, our more comprehensive healthcare plans cover you for outpatient care, dental treatment, and maternity care if required. We also offer a more affordable SimpleCare plan that covers urgent and emergency treatment only.
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