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A Personal Exposé About Healthcare in Panama

by glen@glenkowalski.com

If you could choose only TWO of the following three, which would it be?

  1. Health,
  2. Wealth, or
  3. Happiness?

To date, I haven’t come across anyone who would not forego money for good health and happiness. Let’s take it one step further.

You don’t intrinsically have a “right” to be rich. Or a “right” to be happy.


The right to health is real.

As the saying goes, “If you have your health, you have everything”. Ok, this is obviously not perfectly accurate, as many healthy people certainly do not have everything.

Governments should be responsible for respecting, protecting and fulfilling their human rights obligations, with international, regional, national and local actors holding them accountable.


Some healthcare costs are more equal than others.

Let’s take the dreaded PCR test for example. Want to fly internationally? In most countries around the world, you need to show proof of a PCR or Antigen test at the airport.

  • In Canada, CBC News compared prices for PCR tests across the country and found they ranged from about $160 at Switch Health, which is also the company testing travellers at Pearson International Airport near Toronto to as much as $1,198, the top price charged by Northstream Safety and Rehab in Thunder Bay for a test done after-hours or on weekends.
  • In the United Kingdom, PCR tests performed by private companies usually range in the € 150 – €250 per person region but can cost more if choosing an express option.
  • At Panama’s Tocumen International Airport (for international arrivals and departures), cost: $50.

This comparison seems to hold fast for general healthcare in Panama too. Better quality with shorter waiting times at lower prices.

In today’s video, I share my personal experience on healthcare options in Panama for expats. If you are considering a move to Panama or any other country, this is one of the most important points to include in your pros vs. cons list, so make sure to get the right information from people-on-the-ground before you fly!

Your health shouldn’t be limited by borders.

Neither should your freedom to do business, and live a happy and fulfilled life.

Follow me on the Renegade News channel on YouTube for more hints and tips on where to plant your flags and subscribe to LIBPreneur for a monthly update on startup opportunities, where in the world to buy real estate and crypto for beginners!

Yours in border free living!


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Brian April 5, 2021 - 6:48 pm

I have no interest in Panama what other service do you have?

Glen Kowalski April 14, 2021 - 8:43 pm

Hi Brian, we talk about Panama because a couple of us spend a lot of time there and it is a great spot for a plan B second residency. But we talk about Crypto and are expanding our crypto topics, offshore business and banking, second residencies and other “Plan B” topics and all things freedom and liberty. If there is something specific you’d like us to cover, just let us know :-).


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