Quality of Life
Guam offers some significant health care advantages to Americans living in Asia. Guam’s health care system includes two major hospitals, a widespread clinic network, a broad selection of general and specializing physicians, and medical evacuation operations to Hawaii, the U.S. mainland and the Philippines. The island’s two hospital facilities are the Naval Regional Medical Center and the Guam Memorial Hospital. While the Naval hospital provides services to veterans, active-duty personnel and military dependents, Guam Memorial Hospital provides health care for the remainder of the general public. The Guam Memorial Hospital is a publicly owned facility operated as part of the government of Guam system.
Guam has ten specialty and emergency care clinics and about 30 pharmacies for prescription drug needs. Specialized healthcare facilities are the Guam Radiology Consultants, 2 renal care facilities, Guam’s first privately owned and operated birthing center with all the comforts of home, a surgicenter for outpatient surgical procedures, and the Heart & Vascular Institute of Guam.
The medical board of physicians on Guam has set standards for practitioners, which are similar to those in California. All doctors must be U.S. trained and board eligible to practice on Guam.
The Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) is a 130 bed acute care hospital in Dededo, Guam. They offer world-class medical care to the residents of Guam as well as the FSM, the CNMI, Palau and the Marshall Islands. They are committed to be a center of excellence for cardiology services, comprehensive cancer care, and by providing a full range of treatments for diabetes and other diseases.
GRMC's medical departments include Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedics, Urology, Neurology and Radiology. GRMC also offers Ophthalmology and ENT care along with comprehensive diagnostic services using some of the latest technology available.
Guam offers a wide variety of housing options ranging from ocean-view villas and executive homes, to cozy condominiums, duplexes and single-family homes well suited for new and growing families. Housing for purchase or lease on Guam is readily available. Construction costs range from $65 to $90 and up per square foot (depending on quality) giving an average 3-bedroom house price of approximately $ 78,000 to $ 150,000. Mortgage loan funds at attractive rates of 6.5% – 8% are readily available from institutional lenders.
Condominiums and houses are available for sale in Fee Simple. There are certain restrictions to foreign individuals purchasing properties, but corporations registered on Guam can purchase properties freely. Purchases are usually handled at title and escrow companies with title insurance available to protect buyers. Price for a three-bedroom condominium (mid-level unit) averages about $150,000 with three-bedroom houses selling for about $180,000.
The rental market indices show most residential leases are for one to three years. A security deposit of one month’s rent is a standard charge. Mid-level rentals range from $900-$1,200 for a two-bedroom apartment or condominium and $1,200 to $1,700 for a three-bedroom house.
A full American-style public school system is available to all citizens and residents of the Territory. Education receives particular emphasis, as close to half of the government’s budget is education-related. The Government of Guam spends approximately 40% of its annual budget on education and Guam has some of the highest requirements for teaching credentials in the United States. There are 37 public schools and 18 private schools on Guam patterned after school systems in the continental United States. Public schools, including institutions of higher learning, the Guam Community College (GCC) and the University of Guam (UOG) are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Chinese and Japanese communities each support schools to preserve their respective language and culture.
Guam’s organized sports leagues take advantage of favorable weather and year-round opportunities to play and compete. There are various competitive leagues in baseball, bowling, soccer, football, rugby, swimming, running, cycling, volleyball, martial arts, golf, tennis, handball, boxing, wrestling, paddling, jet skiing and wind surfing. There are also public and commercially operated fitness centers. Guam is a paradise for water sports activities such as jet skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and parasailing. Guam also has some of the best golf courses in the region. Other amusement centers include bowling alleys, movie theatres and community recreation centers. Guam’s infrastructure is able to support international competition in a variety of sports.