Cost Of Liv­ing

The People's Friend Special - - REAL LIFE -

Ev­ery­day food items are ex­pen­sive in Alaska (ex­cept lo­cal seafood), as ev­ery­thing is shipped in.

There is no lo­cal farm­ing, though my hus­band and I grow our own let­tuce, peas, car­rots and po­ta­toes. Ap­ples cost around £3 a pound and bread £3 a loaf.

There is no Na­tional Health Ser­vice and health in­sur­ance is very ex­pen­sive, too. You re­ally need to have a de­cent job that pro­vides in­sur­ance to be able to af­ford to live here. We’re for­tu­nate in that my hus­band is cap­tain of a ferry that trav­els to re­mote com­mu­ni­ties around south-east Alaska.

The lo­cal hos­pi­tal pro­vides lim­ited care, so you need to have air am­bu­lance in­sur­ance. There is no heart spe­cial­ist here and the cost of be­ing flown out of town on a med­i­cal flight is £100,000.

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