Santiago is generally a safe city, although there is a certain amount of urban street crime. Be wary of pickpockets and criminals in tourist areas. Rental cars are often broken into. There are occasional political demonstrations which you should avoid as they might turn violent.
Santiago has two main private hospitals that are accredited by The American Hospital Association and meet U.S. standards: Clinica Alemana and Clinica Las Condes. Both have international patient departments and experience with some international insurance companies. Medical care in Chile is generally good, though it may not meet U.S. standards in remote areas. Major hospitals accept credit cards, but many doctors and hospitals in Chile expect immediate payment in cash. U.S. Medicare is not accepted. Check with your insurance company to see what you are covered for while in Chile.
As a major city Santiago has every form of transportation, including an extensive Metro system. A network of bike lanes is starting although it needs work - nevertheless, biking is a pretty good way to get around.
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- State: CHILE
- Environment: Urban,Cultural Center,
- City Population: 100,001+
- Median age of Population: 25-44
- Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
- Avg July Temperature: 41-60
- Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
- Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
- Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: NA
- Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
- Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
- Culture Index: <80 (Very low)
- State Sales Tax: No
- State Income Tax: Yes
- Name of the Guide: johnb
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