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Americans struggling to pay huge health insurance costs should consider moving overseas, where high-quality health care starts from as little as $30 per month per person, a new report from has found.

The report, which profiles seven top locations for high-quality, low-cost health care abroad appears in the April edition of International Living magazine.

In Costa Rica, for example, expats can take advantage of the country’s universal health care system.

The amount individuals have to pay is determined by income, but it normally ranges between $30 and $90 per month, per person. This figure includes prescriptions, doctor’s visits, testing, surgery and all other health-care needs.

The quality of the health care provided in Costa Rica is high and many Americans living there readily take advantage of it.

Laurel and Charles Carpenter, for instance, paid $1,200 a month for health insurance in the U.S. However, since moving to the town of Atenas in Costa Rica’s Central Valley, they’ve lowered their bill and now pay $88 per month for care on the country’s universal health-care system.

Charles Carpenter has multiple sclerosis and the low cost of coverage in Costa Rica freed up funds which the couple now spends on a full-time private nurse. That service was cost-prohibitive in the States, where it would have run them about $9,000 a month.

“I’ve always dealt with the medical system here with great confidence,” said 66-year-old expat Luc Charette, originally from Montreal.

“I never had a doubt about being treated in Costa Rica. For example, I know the surgeon scheduled to perform my valve replacement went to the States to study, so his qualifications are top-notch.”

Malaysia, which also features in the Health Care Index, offers state-of-the-art hospitals and low prices. A visit to a doctor, for example, costs $16. A hip replacement that costs $80,000 in the U.S. costs $20,000 in Malaysia.

The other countries which made’s list of best-quality health care overseas are Uruguay, Mexico, France, Ecuador and Panama.

The full article, including an explanatory infographic, can be viewed here: Health Care Survey.

A slideshow with images of each of the top overseas destinations for healthcare can be viewed here: In Photos: - Health Care in Seven Top Retirement Destinations.

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