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P.S. another 4 kg of cherries have just arrived at the door they are plump, black and delicious. We have also had some of the variety Lamper but they are normally a little later in the season and not so easy for us to get since we usually send a number of semis of them to Italy each day for Ferrero to use in their chocolates so you eventually get those in the US.

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BINGO!!! You nailed two important points, regardless of citizenship status. The medical costs are outrageous and the quality for foodstuffs, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. Unless you live close to the source of the fresh produce, you'll get fruits that lake flavor because they are picked so green so-as to not be rotten by the time they hit the supermarket shelves, or they are mushy. (Oh, how I long for a good, fresh peach!) The big boys in the grocery store business have pushed the smaller, mon-and-pop stores out of business, and it used to be the local mon-and-pops had connections with local growers. I recall Tesco in the 90's; I used to shop at the one in Amersham. I was amazed at the quality of fruits and veggies. The carrots were HUGE and had great flavor. I recently spoke to a work colleague in Germany about my desire to retire in Europe, and he laughed at me when I used the thought of fresh produce as one of my reasons.
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Plenty of seniors retire in or to the US - family members, diversity lottery winners, employer Green Card holders. Medical coverage is available. Of course if you want to pay German income taxes and receive what is considered covered treatment you do not run the numbers.
Fresh peaches - try the back yard:>) Not as cheap as discounter produce though.

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Plenty of seniors retire in or to the US - family members, diversity lottery winners, employer Green Card holders. Medical coverage is available. Of course if you want to pay German income taxes and receive what is considered covered treatment you do not run the numbers.
Fresh peaches - try the back yard:>) Not as cheap as discounter produce though.
The OP specifically referred to retirees and their situation; I don't see seniors obtaining employer sponsored visas for the US.

We did not say that Medical coverage is not available, just that is is, usually, prohibitively expensive.

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The OP specifically referred to retirees and their situation; I don't see seniors obtaining employer sponsored visas for the US.

We did not say that Medical coverage is not available, just that is is, usually, prohibitively expensive.
Plenty of employer sponsored GC holders are retiring in the US.

Considering income difference from exchange rate to tax to cost of living and snow birds generally using "travel" coverage and those actually immigrating are eligible for Market Place or can be "life changing event" on sponsor coverage - prohibitively expensive?

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IF someone has been working in the US and IF they have a green card then, sure, retiring to the US is no big deal. In fact, it's probably even easier if someone who has been working there and who has a green card just takes US nationality and no problem.

I believe what Heinz57 has been asking about are those who retire to the US from elsewhere. That's where things get tricky. There are the snow birds, who split their time between the US (usually Florida or maybe Arizona) and their long time residence in Canada or the UK. But that's a B-2 visa, which isn't an immigrant visa.

It's more difficult to consider retiring to the US after long-time residence (and completing your career) elsewhere - where you actually change your residence to the US. There isn't really a visa made for this purpose, and that's where you run into problems with things like health insurance, establishing credit and other such details.

For those already established in the US, it's not all that difficult to stay where you are for retirement. But retiring to the US raises a number of significant issues, starting with that of the visa.

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IF someone has been working in the US and IF they have a green card then, sure, retiring to the US is no big deal. In fact, it's probably even easier if someone who has been working there and who has a green card just takes US nationality and no problem.

I believe what Heinz57 has been asking about are those who retire to the US from elsewhere. That's where things get tricky. There are the snow birds, who split their time between the US (usually Florida or maybe Arizona) and their long time residence in Canada or the UK. But that's a B-2 visa, which isn't an immigrant visa.

It's more difficult to consider retiring to the US after long-time residence (and completing your career) elsewhere - where you actually change your residence to the US. There isn't really a visa made for this purpose, and that's where you run into problems with things like health insurance, establishing credit and other such details.

For those already established in the US, it's not all that difficult to stay where you are for retirement. But retiring to the US raises a number of significant issues, starting with that of the visa.
I really do not give a hoot about the price of cherries in Spain or moss backs walking groups.
What gets me are the usual stereo type "expensive", "unobtainable" postings. It is what it is and those posters know very little about options.

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I really do not give a hoot about the price of cherries in Spain or moss backs walking groups.
What gets me are the usual stereo type "expensive", "unobtainable" postings. It is what it is and those posters know very little about options.

I can assure you I know plenty about the options for medical cover. As one living in the US I have gained experience of the company medical scheme, the private individual health insurance schemes and then, eventually the Medicare medical insurance options.

All good insurance cover (and let's fact it who wants a poor health insurance scheme) is - with the exception of Medicare vanilla I grant you - expensive. Not unobtainable by any means, but certainly expensive compared to health schemes in other countries when you take into account the premiums, deductibles, out of pocket expenses, co-pays etc.

Sure you can get some low cost policies (which have plenty of restrictions) and if earning just enough can get tax credits on an ACA policy. If really low paid or very low income you can get onto Medicaid - but again, who wants to be in that position, especially as a retiree in the US?

With a simple appointment with a decent doctor or consultant costing 200 - 300 dollars, and a hospital stay costing thousands, you need all the, good, cover you can get.

You are correct in that 'it is what it is' ..... but, there is no doubt that the cost of health cover in the US does put off many from thinking of retiring here.
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