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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
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Belgium
Belize
Bermuda
Brazil
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cyprus
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
France
Greece
Guatemala
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Italy
Jamaica
Jordan
Laos
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Mexico
Nicaragua
Norway
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Portugal
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Spain
Thailand
Turkey
Ukraine
Uruguay
Vietnam
10 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in Romania

Expats living in Romania discuss health insurance, Card de Sanatare and quality of medical care in Romania.

6 Tips for Expats Having a Baby in The Netherlands

Expat moms share their experiences having a baby in The Netherlands - from wonderful prenatal care to the home birth option for uncomplicated pregnancies and everything in between. While many new moms have very short hospital stays, they receive at home care from a beloved Kraamzorg (home nurse) as part of their maternity care, which expats resoundingly say makes all the difference.

6 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in China

Expats living in China discuss health insurance and quality of medical care in China.

5 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in Honduras

Health care in Honduras is an especially important topic for expatriates living there. It is critical to carefully consider the area you move to and what that choice will mean for your individual health. International health insurance is a must.

5 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in Chile

After considering their individual health, Expats moving to Chile should carefully consider the health care options where they'll live, and what else is available in the immediate vicinity.

Healthcare in Cuenca, Ecuador

An expat in Cuenca talks about Ecuador's mandatory health insurance requirement, Moscosa Hospital and the cost and availability of prescription medicines. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

An expat in Lake Atitlan talks about the proximity to hospitals in Guatemala City and Quetzaltenango, availability of prescription medicines, private health insurance and more. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Lisbon-Lisbon Coast, Portugal

A highly-experienced expat offers a detailed look inside health care in Portugal, and the Lisbon area in particular. Covers access to the Portuguese system, medications, private insurance, area hospitals and much more. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Da Nang, Vietnam

An expat in Da Nang talks about the quality of healthcare and proximity to hospitals in Da Nang. She talks about numerous hospitals in the city, how some expats travel to Bangkok for specialized care and health insurance for expats in Vietnam. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Nassau, Bahamas

An expat living in Nassau, Bahamas talks about the quality of healthcare in the Bahamas. He explained that the hospitals and clinics in the Bahamas provide care more quickly than in this home country of Canada. Also, many expats in need of specialized care take a quick trip to Florida. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Sihanoukville, Cambodia

An expat in the coastal city of Sihanoukville, Cambodia talks about the quality of healthcare, availability of prescription meds and why many expats go to Bangkok for medical treatment. He also explains why he would no longer recommend Sihanoukville. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Parikia Paros, Greece

An expat on Paros Island in Greece offers insight about the quality and availability of healthcare on an island in Greece. Expats should be aware that there are no true hospitals on Paros Island. Continue Reading

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

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
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
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 Healthcare Articles

Travel Health -- Healthcare Abroad in the EU
By European Commission

The European Commission offers an overview of EU citizens' healthcare rights while traveling in other EU countries.

Expat Spain -- 5 ways to get the best out of the Spanish healthcare system
By CIGNA

The quality of healthcare in Spain is exceptional, but their healthcare system is different from what expats are used to at home. CIGNA shares tips about the Spanish health service, obtaining your atarjeta sanitaria, state health care and more.

Obamacare 911 -- What US Expats Need to Know About Coverage & US Taxes Abroad
By David McKeegan

For US residents, Obamacare has wide-reaching implications and will affect both the financial landscape of healthcare as well as coverage options. US expats, on the other hand, may be exempt. To help you understand how this Act may affect you and your US taxes abroad, we have outlined the 3 critical components of Obamacare you need to know.

Living Abroad -- Tips for Staying Healthy
By Chiranth Nataraj

Advice for staying healthy while living abroad and being prepared for medical emergencies.

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