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.
5 Expat Moms Talk about Having a Baby in Italy
5 expat moms offer candid insight into what it's like giving birth in Italy - from bringing towels and toilet paper with you to the hospital to being refused pain medication. And, like most advice in Italy, word of mouth is the best way to find a good OB/GYN.
8 Things to Know Before Having a Baby in Costa Rica
Expats discuss their experiences giving birth in Costa Rica. Topics covered include public (CAJA) hospitals vs. private hospitals,high C-section rates, maternity coverage, dual citizenship, permanent residency for expat parents with babies born in Costa Rica, baby stores and formula options.
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.
Healthcare in Playa Jaco, Costa Rica
An expat in Costa Rica talks about socialized medical care, private health insurance, public and private hospitals in Playa Jaco. The quality of care at the hospitals she and her husband have visited surpassed the quality of care in the US. 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
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 Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE
A dad in the UAE talks about he and his wife's experiences having two babies in the UAE. The first was in Dubai and the second in Abu Dhabi at a government run hospital. He offers great insight into the positive and negatives of both experiences.
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!