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Is Health Insurance Required When Moving to Argentina?

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Is health insurance a requirement when you are moving to Argentina? This article explores health insurance requirements for newcomers to Argentina.

Moving to Argentina as an expat or digital nomad comes with a myriad of considerations, one of which is healthcare. While Argentina offers a public healthcare system that is accessible to residents, newcomers are advised to have private health insurance upon arrival. This is particularly important during the initial period before obtaining residency or enrolling in the public healthcare system. Health insurance requirements for residency can vary, but typically, Argentina does not enforce a strict health insurance mandate for entry. However, for the sake of personal security and to avoid potential financial burdens due to unforeseen medical expenses, it is highly recommended to have a comprehensive health insurance plan. The minimum coverage amounts and length of coverage required may depend on individual circumstances and the type of visa or residency you are applying for.

Does Expat Health Insurance Meet the Requirements?

Expat health insurance often meets the requirements for newcomers in Argentina, as long as the policy provides comprehensive coverage. It is essential to ensure that the insurance plan covers a range of medical services, including hospitalization, emergency services, and possibly repatriation. Some residency applications may not explicitly require proof of health insurance, but having it can facilitate the process and provide peace of mind. Expats should verify that their chosen insurance policy is recognized in Argentina and that it provides sufficient coverage for the duration of their stay until they can access the public healthcare system or secure a local insurance plan.

Which local health insurers offer this type of insurance?

In Argentina, there are several local health insurers known as "Obras Sociales" and "Prepagas" that offer various types of health insurance plans suitable for expats. Obras Sociales are union-backed health insurance providers, while Prepagas are private health insurance companies offering more comprehensive plans. Some of the well-known Prepagas include OSDE, Swiss Medical, and Medicus. These companies offer a range of plans with different levels of coverage, which can be tailored to the needs of individuals and families. It is advisable to compare plans and prices to find the best option that suits your healthcare needs and budget.

Advice from Expats in Argentina about Health Insurance

Expats living in Argentina often emphasize the importance of securing a health insurance plan that provides extensive coverage and is accepted by a wide network of hospitals and clinics. They recommend thoroughly researching and understanding the terms and conditions of any insurance policy before committing to it. It's also advisable to consider plans that offer coverage for prescription medications and dental care, as these can be costly without insurance. Additionally, expats suggest looking for plans that offer customer service in English, which can be incredibly helpful for those who are not yet fluent in Spanish. Lastly, while cost is an important factor, the cheapest plan may not always be the most beneficial in the long run, so it's crucial to balance affordability with the quality and extent of coverage provided.

Expats Talk about Health Insurance in Argentina

"We have had wonderful experience with the private healthcare in Buenos Aires. My husband had a tumor and was seen right away - within hours. We have international health insurance which means we can choose to go to ANY PRIVATE HOSPITAL WE CHOOSE. The coverage is very comprehensive and affordable for us. If you need info, please contact me," said one expat who moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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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