I am a transplant from US, residing in Quito. I have furnished condo for rent in Centro Historico Quito, few blocks from Plaza Santo Domingo, in between La Ronda with its galleries, shops, cafes, restaurants and El Parque Urbano Qmandá, cultural and fitness center with adjoining urban park. The best location in Old Town! For more info, check
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Saturday, May 3, 2014
Free Health Insurance for Seniors in Ecuador? Not so fast. May 2014.
that if you are 55 and over you get free health insurance once you get your
visa and cedula. How true is this?
voluntary affiliation in the IESS (Instituto Ecuatoriano del Seguro Social), for
your $75 per month, you will ill get free Health Care, but you will NOT GET ANY
PENSION , since you will have not contributed the 40 income periods required to
qualify for a pension.
But here are
the caveats with the IESS:
any prompt or even great quality care at the specialist level at the IESS. The
IESS is in dire financial straits. Too few doctors and too many patients and
not enough resources. the lines are long and the wait times are even longer.
The physicians are obligated to work an 8 hour shift and most doctors not in
management positions are paid less than $2000 per month. They have a quota on
how many patients they must see per hour (as a measure of their productivity)
and they get reprimanded if they are too slow. Consequently there is a lot of
physician absenteeism, and you may not get an appointment to see a specialist
doctor for several months due to over-scheduling. And often when you show up at
the appointed time and date, it is not unusual for the specialist to be
"sick" or absent that day. Now you need to reschedule, and that is a
are not as rosy at the IESS.
pharmacies are often out of precisely the medicines you were prescribed, so you
will need to buy them at the local pharmacies at market prices. I could go
there has been a backlash in the EC press recently among the local Ecuadorians
when they see what they perceive as "rich gringo pelucones", taking
advantage of the people's IESS benefits and taking up resources that were meant
for the poorer class of working Ecuadorians." In Ecuador the people using
the IESS services are the poorer class. The middle class-and-up Ecuadorians all
use private health care through their employer group health insurance policy.
end of quote Monthly rental in Quito, for tourists and expats.
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