A few months ago, while surfing the net, I found an American living in La Serena, a city that I am considering. I sent him an email, asking him about the cost of living there. The following are selected quotes from his reply, dated January 2, 2008:
"Health care is expensive in Chile."
"Take this time to come visit Chile, Argentina, and Panama. Pick the spring or the fall. We liked Mendoza when we visited there on a wine tasting trip. Better prices than Chile's and the people were more Italian but the political and legal systems are less stable than Chile or Panama."
"We think it currently takes 3,500 to 5,000 a month in spendable income to live nicely. Living expenses, minus housing costs, are mid-city US prices. Housing acquisition costs 25% of that in the US but remember, they are not US designed or insulated houses. Less in Argentina but that country restricts expat property ownership."
I've been a member of this board for about six months. From time to time, people post their cost of living experiences on this board. But, some of the information this guy gave in his email didn't quite match up with the information I've seen on this board. So:
Is health care expensive in Chile?
How well is someone living in Chile if they spend $3,500 to $5,000 USD a month on living expenses?
Are living expenses, minus housing costs, are mid-city US prices?