According to the 2014 Global Retirement Index annual report from the International Living website (, France, Uruguay and Malaysia offer the best and most affordable health care in the world. Two Latin American countries are also in the top five: Costa Rica and Mexico.

In order to create this ranking of the best countries in “health care” category, parameters such as cost in assistance and quality were considered. Also, the number of people per doctor, the number of hospital beds every 1,000 inhabitants, the percentage of population with access to drinking water, child mortality rate, life expectancy and public health expenses as GDP percentage of every country were taken into account.


According to the World Health Organization, France has the best health care system in the world. This has been a key factor in order to be first in the health care category in the Global Retirement Index latest report.

Besides, life expectancy for French women is 85 years old and 78 years old for French men.


This South American country ranks second as it offers a variety of options in health care including a public health system for those unable to afford a medical treatment in private clinics, a series of private health insurances and the most famous option: a health care plan called mutualista (health insurance providers).


This Asian country has a reputation for being a health tourism destination as its health care is one of the best and cheapest systems in the world. Malaysia´s medical experience is the same or even better than in many western countries. In spite of Malaysia´s low cost health care, many foreigners prefer a private health insurance that may be cheaper in many occasions.

Costa Rica

This Central American country’s excellent and affordable health care is, for the most part, due to the Costa Rican government substantial investment in the health sector.

Besides, Costa Rica provides one of the best health care systems Latin America. It is not only that, as its health systems, public or private, are constantly improving their hospitals, acquiring new equipment and training the medical staff.


Given that health care costs are always increasing in USA and in other countries, Mexico’s affordable and first-rate health care is a good reason to live in this Latin American country, according to Basically, in every area, Mexico’s health care cost is less than a half of USA costs. Besides, a health insurance with coverage across Mexico, costs only 20% of what is paid in the north neighboring country.

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