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The Expat Health Insurance & Healthcare Guide was designed to collect information from you about the quality and availability of medical services, health insurance, prescription medicines and emergency care in your area. Please take several minutes to answer the survey. The more detailed you can be in your responses, the better. Thank you, in advance, for sharing and helping others moving to your area!

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What country are you reporting about?

If you are in the United States, what state are you reporting on?

What city or town are you reporting on?

What country are you a citizen of?

What is your gender?

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Male

Are you eligible for to enroll in the public healthcare system? Do expats in your area typically enroll? How difficult is it to enroll? Is there a cost? If yes, how much per year? Are pre-existing conditions covered? Are there public hospitals? What is the quality of care in the public system?

When a newcomer asks about medical care in your area, what do you tell them? What advice do you have for expats with chronic medical conditions considering a move to your area (diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, heart problems, etc.)?

How are emergency services in your area? How close to hospital/s are you? What are the names of the best hospitals? What is the quality of care at that hospital? Are these hospitals and/or clinics public or private? How do you call for an ambulance?

Often expats travel outside of the immediate area for specialist care. Where do they typically go? What type of medical issues do expats tend to travel for and where do they go for each type of issue? (i.e. heart attack patients typically get evacuated to...) Do you or would you ever return to your home country for medical care? Explain.

Are common prescription medicines available locally? Where do you get them? Do you need a prescription? Are they expensive? Share your experiences.

What are your experiences with regard to health insurance and the cost of medical care? Do you have private health insurance? Is that accepted at the hospitals near you? How did you choose your health insurance provider.

What is your primary method of payment for your medical care while living abroad?

International Health Insurance
Insurance Purchased in the Country I Live Abroad In
Out of Pocket
Social Program (Medicare, Nationalized Health Insurance or Similar)
Other

How would you rate the overall QUALITY of the medical care your receive compared to your home country?

Better
Somewhat Better
Same
Somewhat Worse
Worse

How would you describe the AVAILABILITY of medical care in the country you are reporting about?

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