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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.

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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.

Andorra
Argentina
Austria
Belgium
Belize
Bermuda
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cyprus
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
France
Greece
Guatemala
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Costa Rica
Cyprus
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
France
Greece
Guatemala
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Italy
Jamaica
Jordan
Laos
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Mexico
Nicaragua
Norway
Panama
Paraguay
Italy
Jamaica
Jordan
Laos
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Mexico
Nicaragua
Norway
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Portugal
Qatar
South Africa
Spain
Thailand
Turkey
Ukraine
Uruguay
Vietnam
Philippines
Portugal
Qatar
South Africa
Spain
Thailand
Turkey
Ukraine
Uruguay
Vietnam
7 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in the UAE

Expats and people moving to the UAE have lots of questions. Healthcare and health insurance are often on the list. Here are 7 tips about healthcare, health insurance in the UAE, having a baby in the UAE and more.

7 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in Ireland

Expats in Ireland share tips and advice about healthcare and health insurance in Ireland. Advice about Irish hospitals, having a baby in Ireland, medical care in rural areas of Ireland and more.

9 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in Nicaragua

Expats living in Nicaragua discuss health insurance and quality of medical care in Nicaragua. Additional topics include health insurance for 65+, in-home nursing care, prescription medicines and more.

7 Healthcare & Health Insurance Tips for Expats in Thailand

Expats in Thailand share tips and advice about healthcare and health insurance in Thailand. Advice about hospitals in Thailand, the availability of prescription medicines, using Tricare in Thailand and more.

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.

Healthcare in Nueva Gorgona, Panama

An expat in Nueva Gorgona, Panama talks about health care services, health insurance, the cost of prescription meds, English-speaking doctors in Panama and more. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

An expat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico talks about healthcare options in PV - public and private. She offers tips for insurance claims, the best pharmacies, speaking Spanish and more. Continue Reading

Healthcare in San José, Costa Rica

An expat in San Jose, Costa Rica offers an incredibly insightful report about public and private hospitals, doctors in Costa Rica and the costs of prescription medicine. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Hopkins Village, Belize

An expat in Hopkins Village, Belize talks about the high cost of medical insurance, traveling to Dangriga or Belize City for medical care, helpful pharmacists in Hopkins Village and more. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Fonyod, Hungary

An expat living in Fonyod, Hungary on the south shore of Lake Balaton talks about healthcare in Hungary. She advises other expats to go to Siofok or Kaposvar for serious medical conditions. She also talks about the difference between an official bill for insurance and an out-of-pocket bill. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Angeles City, Philippines

An expat in the Philippines urges newcomers to get health insurance. Without insurance, she explained that you'll need to have a lot of cash on hand for emergency treatment. She talks about her son's hospital stay for a broken arm. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Quito, Ecuador

An expat living in Quito, Ecuador offers advice about healthcare in Quito. She advises others to go to private hospitals for significant health issues and go to public clinics for only for the basics, i.e. colds and the flu. In her experience, the quality of medical care is good and the cost of healthcare in Ecuador (with health insurance) is much less than the US. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Lisbon Coast, Portugal

An expat in Lisbon, Portugal says to find a health insurance plan that specializes in your region of Portugal. She talks about the quality of medical care, filling US prescriptions at local pharmacies and more. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Montanita, Ecuador

An expat in Ecuador says that it's worthwhile to sign up for IESS insurance, that most medication is available over the counter and that there are world class doctors in Ecuador. Continue Reading

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

Having a Baby Abroad

Share Your Childbirth Experiences

Click on a country below to read expats' experiences having a baby in the countries listed.

Algeria
Angola
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Belize
Brazil
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cyprus
Ecuador
Ethiopia
France
Germany
Greece
Guatemala
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Kuwait
Luxembourg
Macedonia
France
Germany
Greece
Guatemala
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Kuwait
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malaysia
Mexico
Micronesia
Morocco
Netherlands
Norway
Pakistan
Panama
Philippines
Poland
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Kuwait
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malaysia
Mexico
Micronesia
Morocco
Netherlands
Norway
Pakistan
Panama
Philippines
Poland
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Switzerland
Tanzania
UAE
Uganda
UK
Vietnam
Philippines
Poland
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Switzerland
Tanzania
UAE
Uganda
UK
Vietnam
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. Continue Reading

Having a Baby in Monteria, Colombia

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

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! Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

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 ... Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

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! Continue Reading

Having a Baby in Genova, Italy

One expat who had her baby in Genova, Italy shares her experiences with the hospital, pre-natal care and doctors in Genova. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

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Expat Spain -- 5 ways to get the best out of the Spanish healthcare system
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Obamacare 911 -- What US Expats Need to Know About Coverage & US Taxes Abroad
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