Live Abroad: Health & Medical

Medical Tourism

Medical Tourism: Escape The USA Healthcare Scam!

Healthcare and Health Insurance in the United States is a huge headache that can rightfully cause you a lot of distress. We know people who work jobs they hate or even delay retirement simply because they need health insurance. It doesn’t have to be that way!

Ecuador Healthcare Experience

Our Ecuador Healthcare Experience

Before our recent hospital visit, we did not have in-depth personal experience with the Ecuador healthcare system. We know Ecuador has one of the best healthcare services globally, so we expected something nice. Pleasantly, our expectations were exceeded. The quality was so great that their affordable cost was almost shocking.

Ecuador Health Insurance Private vs. Public IESS - EXPLAINED

Ecuador Health Insurance: Private vs. Public IESS – EXPLAINED

Health insurance in Ecuador can be complicated and confusing, but it actually works very well once you learn a few tricks. Ecuador has a public healthcare system, which is their version of universal care. There is also a private healthcare system that allows you to choose your own doctors and hospitals. In this article, we’ll explain both systems, the pros & cons of each and help you decide which is best for you.

SPA DAY in Cuenca Ecuador (2020)

SPA DAY in Cuenca Ecuador!!!

Alejandra from RadiantSkin Spa and Vicky from Berenice Studio offer a variety of skin treatment, massage, haircare, mani/pedi and beauty services.

Eye Exam & Glasses at SOi Opticas - Cuenca Ecuador

Shocking Experience w/ Eye Exam & Glasses in Cuenca Ecuador at SOi Opticas

Our first eye exam and glasses purchase in Cuenca Ecuador at SOi Opticas was efficient, affordable and enjoyable. Being able to see is NOT overrated!

Dental Tourism Ecuador

Dental Tourism in Cuenca Ecuador + the Surprisingly Low Cost of a Crown

Dental tourism is a growing trend due to the outrageous cost of healthcare in the US and other developed nations. The quality and cost of my new crown from a highly qualified dentist in Cuenca Ecuador will shock you.

Altitude Sickness in Cuenca Ecuador

How to Avoid & Treat Altitude Sickness in Cuenca Ecuador

Here are a few suggestions for prevention and treatment of altitude sickness when visiting high altitude cities like Cuenca Ecuador.

Piedra de Agua Cuenca Ecuador Baños Azuay

Piedra de Agua – Cuenca Ecuador – Baños Azuay

After we finished the grueling process of filming and editing our last video, we decided to take a break and visit the Piedra de Agua spa/hot springs in Baños outside Cuenca Ecuador. 

Cuenca Ecuador Periodontist

Cuenca Ecuador Periodontist – JP’s Gum Surgery

I went to one of Dr. Grace’s trusted periodontists for a minor surgical procedure. Since the chip on my tooth extends below the gumline, Dr. Grace wanted to remove a little bit of the gum so the permanent crown will cover the entire chip.

Cuenca Home Healthcare

VIP Home Healthcare of Cuenca Ecuador

We get a lot of questions about Cuenca home healthcare and elder care options, so we interviewed the founders of VIP Home Healthcare of Cuenca to get some answers…

Cuenca Ecuador Bloodwork

Cuenca Ecuador Bloodwork + High Cholesterol on a Vegan Plant-Based Diet

We recorded this video several weeks ago, but it kept getting pushed down the queue for other, more time relevant videos.

Since we recorded it, the Nut Wars between Jeff Nelson at VegSource and Dr. Joel Fuhrman have simmered down, but that doesn’t make this issue less concerning for people like me (JP) with a strong family history of heart disease and a long-term battle with high cholesterol….

Best Dentist in Cuenca Ecuador 2019

The Best Dentist in Cuenca Ecuador – Dr. Grace Ordoñez

We’ve had several questions from our loyal subscribers about our medical and dental experiences here in Cuenca Ecuador so we thought we’d share our trip to the best dentist in Cuenca Ecuador for 2019 (according to….

Cuenca Hot Springs Novaqua Tour

Cuenca Hot Springs Novaqua Tour in Baños Azuay Cuenca Ecuador

After a busy day of work, we decided to go to Novaqua in Baños Azuay just outside of Cuenca. It’s one of several spas in Baños Azuay with hot springs pools. While we enjoy the other places, we prefer Novaqua because it’s adults only.

If you have kids or enjoy listening to kids play, we recommend Hostería Durán, which is just a short walk from Novaqua. It has a nice kid’s pool, as well as a nice thermal bath room that’s perfect for relaxing. The last time we went to Hostería Durán, it cost $8 per adult and I believe they also have kids rates. However, their kitchen is not very vegan friendly so be sure to take snacks….

Best Free Cardio in Cuenca Ecuador

Best FREE Cardio in Cuenca Ecuador: The Stairs to Turi

The Best FREE Cardio in Cuenca Ecuador is just a few steps away! We hike up to the Turi Church at least once per week, but usually 2 or 3 times per week. There are 439 stairs leading up to Turi, but the shortcut we take adds another 126 stairs plus some steep hills. It really is the best free Cardio in Cuenca Ecuador!


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