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
Share Your Healthcare Experiences
Click on a country below to read expats' advice about expat healthcare and health insurance in these areas.
9 Healthcare & Health Insurance Tips for Expats in Belize
Expats in Belize share tips and advice about healthcare and health insurance in Belize. While some expats advise those with serious health issues not to move to Belize, other expats choose Corozal for its proximity to doctors and clinics over the border in Chetumal, Mexico. Other topics include the quality of medical care, having a baby in Belize and more.
8 Important Tips about Healthcare and Health Insurance in Panama
Expats in Panama offer 8 important tips about healthcare and health insurance in Panama. While the quality of healthcare varies, there are world class doctors and facilities throughout Panama. Health insurance is much less expensive in Panama. Doctors visits (with and without insurance) are very affordable. The one negative seems to be that medications can be more expensive that in the U.S. Despite these pros and cons, many expats mentioned that people have healthier lifestyles in Panama - cleaner air, cleaner water, fresh produce and less stress.
Healthcare in Bontoc, Mountain Province, Philippines
An expat in Bontoc, Philippines has found I have found the provincial and municipal hospitals to be of excellent quality for her ordinary health care needs. For specialists, she and her husband go to Baguio City, a six hour drive. In an emergency that required high-tech equipment, a patient would be transported there as well. Continue Reading
Healthcare in Cuenca, Ecuador
An expat in Cuenca, Ecuador offers insight on his health care experiences there. A considerable amount information is shared about hospitals, costs, alternative therapies and more are convered. Continue Reading
Healthcare in Paros, Greece
An expat from the United Kingdom offers her insight into the health care system on the island of Paros in Greece. Information shared includes how it compares to the UK, pharmacies, cost and more. Continue Reading
Healthcare in Altea, Spain
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
Healthcare in Punta del Este, Uruguay
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
Healthcare in Coranado, Panama
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
Having a Baby Abroad
Share Your Childbirth Experiences
Click on a country below to read expats' experiences having a baby in the countries listed.
Having a Baby in Davao, Philippines
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.
Having a Baby in Chitose, Japan
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!
Having a Baby in Ludwigsberg, Germany
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.
Having a Baby in Panajachel, Guatemala
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.
Having a Baby in Letterkenny, Ireland
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 ...
Having a Baby in Bogota, Colombia
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.
Having a Baby in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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!
Having a Baby in Otavalo, Ecuador
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.