Dec. 21, 2021

Medical Tourism and the Cost of Healthcare Abroad

Medical Tourism and the Cost of Healthcare Abroad

Learn the prices medical tourism, dental care abroad, travel insurance, and overseas healthcare for expats and digital nomads from Kristin and her guests, Brent Hartinger and Michael Jensen. This is Part 2 of a conversation with Brent and Michael Are Going Places.


Learn the prices medical tourism, dental care abroad, travel insurance, and overseas healthcare for expats and digital nomads from Kristin and her guests, Brent Hartinger and Michael Jensen. 

This is Part 2 of a conversation with Brent and Michael Are Going Places. ➡️  Listen to Part 1 here on Living Like a Local Anywhere in the World.

QUESTIONS ANSWERED:

I. HEALTHCARE ABROAD:

  • Which countries have the best medical care? 
  • How is the quality, cleanliness, and prices of medical care abroad?
  • Are there English-speaking doctors abroad?
  • How is the healthcare in Mexico?
  • How much does a dental cleaning cost in different countries?
  • How much does an ambulance cost abroad?
  • How do you find recommendations for doctors abroad?
  • What travel insurance should you use?
  • When should you buy travel insurance?
  • Is it better to use public or private hospitals in other countries?

II. SLOW TRAVEL:

  • What is Geo-Arbitrage?
  • Living on $100k per year in Seattle versus $50k while traveling full-time
  • How to choose your next destination as a digital nomad? 
  • How do you know when it’s good to move onto a different country?
  • Is one month in each destination long enough to get to know a place?
  • What is your Digital Nomad Exit Strategy? Will you be nomads forever?
  • Have you been to any “dangerous” countries?
  • How do you finance your travels?

III. SAFETY FOR GAY AND MINORITY TRAVELERS:

  • Is it safe to travel everywhere?
  • Doing your due diligence on destinations
  • Female and solo travelers
  • Fear of solo travel
  • Are certain countries “dangerous” or homophobic?  
  • Human rights and white privilege
  • Religious beliefs in foreign countries
  • Being held to a different standard as Americans
  • Should you tell people if you’re gay or hide it?
  • Following your gut instinct

EPISODE 138 TOPICS DISCUSSED:

I. HEALTHCARE ABROAD:

  • Cost and quality of medical care abroad compared to the USA
  • Health insurance for travelers and digital nomads
  • When to buy travel insurance
  • Kristin’s and Co’s best and worst dental cleanings abroad
  • What to do in case of emergency
  • Fears of getting bankrupt because of medical emergencies 
  • How to calculate your cost-of-living abroad

II. SLOW TRAVEL:

  • Making friends in different countries
  • Freedom and flexibility in the digital nomad lifestyle
  • How long to stay in each country
  • How long to plan your travel in advance
  • Planning versus spontaneous travel
  • Traveling with people you meet abroad
  • The trade-offs between slow and fast travel
  • The ages of different digital nomads: traveling in your 30’s versus 50’s
  • Coping with loneliness when your friends leave
  • Traveling to avoid winter
  • Small towns versus popular destinations
  • Hiking and finding off-the-beaten path destinations
  • Over-tourism and friendly locals
  • Underrated destinations
  • Getting “addicted” to travel and new places/experiences
  • Poverty and cost-of-living in developing countries
  • How to help locals in different countries without over-stepping boundaries.
  • Being “guests” in foreign countries
  • Using geo-arbitrage to your advantage
  • Following your creative pursuits and passions while traveling

DESTINATIONS:

  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Brasov, Cluj, and Timiosoara, Romania
  • Bansko, Bulgaria
  • Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Cebu, Philippines
  • Paris, France
  • Ireland
  • Albania versus Santorini and Mykonos
  • Akyureri, Iceland
  • Bali AKA “Silicon Bali”
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Switzerland
  • Amalfi Coast, Ravello, and Cinque a Terre, Italy
  • Peninsula Hotel Manila

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“The more you see of the world, the more you want to see.” – Brent

“As we travel, we are looking for somewhere that speaks to our souls.” - Michael

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A special thank you to Kristin's 2021 Patrons: Teklordz, Walt, Shawn, Richard Y, Heather, Karen, Kiran, Scott, Michael J, Issac, Mike M, Yasmine, Erick M, Yohji, Gary R , Ron, Gary, Ray, Henry L, Kelly, Alejandra, Keith, Stephen, Warren, James, Daniel, Gary B, Emily, Rich, Aisha, Phil, Anthony, Jennifer, Kathleen, Natalie, Dave B, Brian, Christopher, CJ, David G, Mike R, Chip, Shelly, Ron, Paul, Andy, Jeffrey, Paulo, Stephen, and Michelle. 

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Special welcome to Fer, my first $100 Producer on Patreon! 

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Brent Hartinger

Author, Screen Writer, and World Traveler

Brent Hartinger is a full-time writer, digital nomad, and the co-founder of Brent and Michael are Going Places. Brent has written fourteen novels and had ten screenplays optioned, two of which were turned into full-length feature films!

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Michael Jensen

Author, Editor, and Digital Nomad

Michale Jensen is an author and editor. His novels include Man & Beast and Man & Monster, part of The Savage Land, a series of historical fiction that combines gay romance, supernatural, and horror. For eight years, Michael was the editor of the entertainment website AfterElton.com, which he co-founded with Brent Hartinger. The site, devoted to covering gay and bisexual men in popular culture, eventually grew to more than a million unique visitors a month, won several GLAAD Media Awards, and was later sold to Viacom/MTV.