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Health Insurance in Lithuania

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Making the move to Lithuania? One critical choice you'll face is between local health insurance and expat health insurance. Our article provides a comprehensive comparison of both, enriched with insights from expats in Lithuania on their personal insurance decisions.

Lithuania offers a robust healthcare system that is accessible to both residents and expats. Understanding the health insurance landscape is crucial for those moving to or living in Lithuania, as it ensures access to medical services and peace of mind.

Health Insurance Companies in Lithuania

In Lithuania, the most popular health insurers are generally local companies that offer a range of health insurance products. Expats are eligible to purchase health insurance from these companies, which include Lietuvos draudimas, Compensa, and BTA Baltic Insurance Company. These insurers provide various plans that can cater to different needs, including coverage for outpatient services, hospitalization, dental care, and emergency medical assistance.

Expat Health Insurance in Lithuania

Expats living in Lithuania often buy specialized expat health insurance to ensure they have comprehensive coverage that may not be fully provided by local insurance plans. This is particularly important for those who require coverage for repatriation, international medical evacuation, or prefer access to private healthcare facilities and English-speaking medical professionals. Specialized expat health insurance can offer a broader safety net for those living far from their home countries.

Local Health Insurance vs. Expat Health Insurance

While some expats and digital nomads opt for local health insurance companies, others choose specialized expat health insurance providers for more extensive coverage. The decision often depends on the individual's health needs, the length of their stay, and their comfort level with the local healthcare system. Local insurance may suffice for short-term stays or for those satisfied with the public healthcare system, while expat insurance might be preferred for those seeking a wider range of services and international coverage.

Considerations for Health Insurance Overseas

When deciding on health insurance while living overseas, it's important to consider factors such as the scope of coverage, whether the insurer directly pays the hospital or if you need to pay upfront and submit claims for reimbursement, and the ease of accessing services in your preferred language. Additionally, understanding the claims process, coverage limits, and whether pre-existing conditions are covered can help in choosing the right plan for your time abroad. It's also wise to consider the network of hospitals and clinics covered by the insurer to ensure you have access to quality healthcare wherever you are in Lithuania.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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