Expat Health Insurance & Healthcare Guide
Expat health insurance and quality expat healthcare are one of the main factors in choosing where to move abroad or whether to take an international assignment. Our Expats around the world are participating in building this guide by answering questions about expat health insurance, public and private hospitals, emergency medical services, prescription medicine availability and more.
Expats Talk about Healthcare
Click on a country below to read expats' advice about expat healthcare and health insurance in these areas.
An expat in Monterrey, Mexico shares her thoughts about the expat health insurance, the health care system in Monterrey, medical facilities and much more. Continue Reading
An expat provides basic information and thoughts about the health care system in Doha, Qatar, especially the National Health Care System. Continue Reading
An expat in Altea, Spain shares her experiences with expat health care and insurance. Topics covered include costs, medications, quality of health care, medical procedures abroad and more. Continue Reading
An expat living in the Maldonado / Punta del Este area of Uruguay recommends enrolling in a hospital mutualista. Because he has had some medical issues and is a diabetic, he does not qualify and self insures through an ambulance service. He also discusses prescription medicines, lower medical costs and the quality of health care in Punta del Este. Continue Reading
An expat in Panama describes the major challenges her husband faced when he had surgery in Panama. Her story serves as a cautionary tale for other expats seeking medical care in Panama. Continue Reading
An expat in the Algarve, Portugal offers insight into the proximity of area hospitals, the cost and availability of prescription medicine and health insurance in the Algarve. Continue Reading
An expat in Punta del Diablo, Uruguay discusses the quality of healthcare in Punta del Diablo, the availability of prescription medicines and health insurance. Continue Reading
An expat in Monterrey, Mexico discusses the cost of prescription medicines, proximity of hospitals and public vs. private health insurance. Continue Reading
An expat in Cuenca, Ecuador talks about the great care he received at Santa Ines Hospital, the low cost of high quality healthcare in Ecuador and the availability of most common prescription medicines (usually available without a prescription). Continue Reading
An expat in Shenzhen, China discusses health care and health insurance in Shenzhen. She advises expats who don't speak Chinese fluently to bring a someone who is fluent with them to doctor's appointments and to the hospital if there are ever any medical emergencies. Continue Reading
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Having a Baby Abroad
Click on a country below to read expats' experiences having a baby in the countries listed.
An expat married to a Filipino woman describes his wife's experiences giving birth to their two children in Davao, Philippines. They chose a simple clinic with a hospital as a backup plan. He explained that in the Philippines hospital births are almost always c-sections. Continue Reading
An expat dad in Monteria, Colombia describes he and his wife's experiences having to babies in Monteria. He offers very helpful tips about what to expect and bring to the hospital. Continue Reading
I had a beautiful baby boy in an Army Medical Center on an Army base on the northern island of Japan. I was late arriving at the hospital, so only local anesthesia! It was so fast, I didn't have time to hurt! The care was wonderful. I went home the next day, feeling fine, and so happy! Continue Reading
An British expat describes her birth experience in Germany as barbaric. She says that pain management was non existent and recommends that other expats consider leaving the country to give birth or being extremely demanding. Continue Reading
We have two babies.. one in a birthing home in Antigua run by Americans mid wife, and one in Guatemala city Esperanza hospital.. Both were born in water.. Did stay more than a night in either place.Great positive experience.. Well attended highly professionals. Continue Reading
I thought the facilities were great ... I got a epidural and don't have any bad feed back about it . They were very nice they talked you thought everything that was happening.. I stay in hospital for 3 days .. Yes it was a very positive experience .. Lovely food and lovely staff ... Continue Reading
One expat shares her story about having a baby in Colombia. She advises that you return to the States if your pregnancy is high risk, because if the baby is born very early it would be flown by medevac to the States. Continue Reading
My experience was positive. Health care was easily available and cheap. The obgyn was supurb. The birth was induced. Unfortunatelly spinal block for vaginal birth unavailable in all hospitals. C-section common. I had a c-section by spontaneous choice (not medical reason). I am rh neg, my partner rh positive. Antigen D available, but my boyfriend had to search the city for the med after birth. Expensive injection $300. Operation about $500. No health insurance available to cover pregnancy. Doctors and nurses experienced and professional. Great good wonderful memories. I was afraid at first and wanted to return to Australia. But so glad I stayed! Continue Reading
One expat who had her baby in Genova, Italy shares her experiences with the hospital, pre-natal care and doctors in Genova. Continue Reading
An expat mom in Otavalo, Ecuador offers an eye-opening account of what it's like to give birth in a public hospital in Ecuador. If you are planning to have your baby in a public hospital, bring your own towel, baby shampoo, soap and baby clothes, because nothing is provided by the hospital. Continue Reading