A lot of expats have special medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Some have conditions like epilepsy or they have knee or hip replacements. You can even get lasik eye surgery, plastic surgery and dental implants in Ecuador at state-of-the-art facilities.

You may also find prescription and over-the-counter medications that are available in Ecuador, but aren’t available back in the US. For example, I was prescribed Nucleo, which helps regenerate damaged nerves, by a neurosurgeon in Cuenca. For several years following my spinal surgeries, I had constant neuropathy in my hands, legs and feet from nerve damage. After 6 months on Nucleo, the neuropathy was almost entirely gone. That drug is available in most countries, but not in the US, perhaps because it costs less than $45/month without insurance.

Ecuador has all the same medical equipment, medications and highly trained doctors that you’ll find in most countries who can treat special medical conditions. The main difference is that they charge a lot less for their services. You can expect to pay 1/3 to 1/10th the cost of similar services in the US.

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  1. Thomas B Chism
    Thomas B Chism says:

    How can I get my Social Security check direct deposited to an Ecuadorean bank? I talked to a woman at Soc/Sec and she said it can’t be done online but has to be done through an office in Dominican Republic. Any ideas on this? I don’t want to be withdrawing hundred$ every month to pay rent.

    • Live Abroad Now
      Live Abroad Now says:

      Since we aren’t on social security, we don’t know a lot about it. But we’ve heard that most people have their check deposited into their U.S. bank account, and then transfer the money to their Ecuadorian bank account. That’s how we pay our rent. We transfer money from the U.S. to our JEP account using Xoom.com.


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