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Expat Health Insurance & Healthcare Guide

Expat healthcare is one of the main factors in choosing where to move abroad or whether to take an international assignment. Use our healthcare guide and country healthcare guides to find information about expat health insurance, public and private hospitals, emergency medical services, prescription medicine availability and more.

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Click on a country below to read expats' advice about expat healthcare and health insurance in these areas.

Algeria
Angola
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Bermuda
Brazil
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cyprus
Dominican Rep
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Ethiopia
France
Germany
Greece
Guatemala
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kuwait
Laos
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Micronesia
Morocco
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Norway
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Switzerland
Tanzania
Thailand
Turkey
UAE
Uganda
UK
Ukraine
United States
Uruguay
Venezuela
Vietnam
Healthcare in Belgium

If you're moving to Belgium, understanding the healthcare system is essential. This article covers public healthcare, private healthcare, hospitals, English-speaking doctors in Belgium, prescription medications and medical emergencies.

NYC Hospitals

New York City is home to some of the most renowned hospitals in the world. If you're a NYC expat, you should familiarize yourself with NYC hospitals before a medical emergency or need arises. And, when you're choosing expat health insurance, you'll want to know which hospitals are included in network.

Healthcare in Ireland

Expats in Ireland face very specific timelines and rules when it comes to getting healthcare in Ireland. It's important to understand how this will impact your journey and your individual health before you decide to move to Ireland.

Healthcare in Panama

Expats have differing opinions about healthcare in Panama. Many advice against public hospitals and healthcare, but some recount good experiences. This article covers public vs private healthcare, cost of healthcare, obtaining prescription medications and much more.

Healthcare in Hungary

If you're moving to Hungary or an expat living in Hungary, understanding the Hungarian healthcare system in important. This article offers an overview of the national healthcare system, private hospitals and healthcare, private health insurance for expats in Hungary, clinics with English-speaking doctors and the quality and cost of medical care in Hungary.

Healthcare in Paysandu, Uruguay

An expat talks about public and private healthcare in Paysandu, Uruguay. Common prescriptions are available at the local pharmacy. And, they would probably return home to have a serious medical condition treated, because specialist are limited. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Paysandu, Uruguay

An expat talks about healthcare in Paysandu, Uruguay. COMEPA hospital is the best local hospital, but some people go to the British Hospital in Montevideo. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Negombo, Sri Lanka

This is an excellent report about the specific health care conditions in Ngombo, Sri Lanka. Information about hospitals, medicines and the best health insurance is included. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

An expat in Playa del Carmen talks about the importance of private health insurance in Mexico. Because of her private insurance, she has access to private hospitals and even coverage worldwide. She can even travel to the United States for treatment. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Georgetown, Malaysia

An expat in Malaysia talks about the high quality of care at private hospitals in Penang, public vs private health insurance, the low cost of prescription medicines and emergency medical services. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Abu Dhabi, UAE

An expat in Abu Dhabi talks about the quality of healthcare, recommends American hospitals for their standard of care, explains that many people skip the doctor and get prescription medicine from the pharmacy. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Bordeaux, France

An expat in Bordeaux talks about hospitals, the importance of supplementary health insurance, the need to keep your own medical records since doctors don't keep them and prescription medicine costs and availability. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Kiev, Ukraine

An expat living in Kiev, Ukraine talks about international health insurance, the expat-friendly IMP clinic in Kiev and more. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Porto, Portugal

An expat in Portugal discusses the cost of medical care in Portugal, public vs private healthcare in Portugal and more. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Dubai, UAE

An expat in the UAE talks about the quality of healthcare, where she would go for specialist care, the availability of prescription medicines and more. Continue Reading

Having a Baby in Sliema, Malta

An expat mom who gave birth to two children at St. James Hospital in Sliema, Malta talks about choosing the hospital, doctors and more. She explained that mothers are very well respected in Maltese culture. Continue Reading

Having a Baby in Bridgetown, Barbados

An expat whose wife had a baby in Barbados describes talks about choosing a hospital (Bayview), finding a doctor, having a Caesarean and more. Their baby needed to be transferred from Bayview to QEH to use a CPAP machine, which made life a bit complicated for a few days. But, both mom and baby were released and healthy. Continue Reading

Having a Baby in Olongapo, Philippines

An expat in Olongapo talks about having a baby in the Philippines - having a c-section, needing to pay doctors in pesos and getting advice from other expats. Continue Reading

Having a Baby in Montesilvano, Pescara, Italy

An expat mom who had a baby in Italy talks about finding a doctor willing to assist with a homebirth, the birth and follow-up care. Continue Reading

Having a Baby in Salzburg, Austria

An expat mom talks about what it was like giving birth to her son at a public hospital in Salzburg, Austria. The care was wonderful, but she had some advice for other soon-to-be expat moms in Salzburg. Continue Reading

Having a Baby in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines

An expat talks about having a baby in Calamba, Philippines. They spent time finding an OBGYN that they liked. His wife gave birth via C-section at a clinic near their house where their OBGYN worked. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

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

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Healthcare in Belgium

If you're moving to Belgium, understanding the healthcare system is essential. This article covers public healthcare, private healthcare, hospitals, English-speaking doctors in Belgium, prescription medications and medical emergencies.

If you're moving to Belgium, understanding the healthcare system is essential. This article covers public healthcare, private healthcare, hospitals, English-speaking doctors in Belgium, prescription ...

NYC Hospitals

New York City is home to some of the most renowned hospitals in the world. If you're a NYC expat, you should familiarize yourself with NYC hospitals before a medical emergency or need arises. And, when you're choosing expat health insurance, you'll want to know which hospitals are included in network.

New York City is home to some of the most renowned hospitals in the world. If you're a NYC expat, you should familiarize yourself with NYC hospitals before a medical emergency or need arises. And, w...

Healthcare in Ireland

Expats in Ireland face very specific timelines and rules when it comes to getting healthcare in Ireland. It's important to understand how this will impact your journey and your individual health before you decide to move to Ireland.

Expats in Ireland face very specific timelines and rules when it comes to getting healthcare in Ireland. It's important to understand how this will impact your journey and your individual health befo...

Answer Questions about Expat Healthcare and Health Insurance

Help others moving overseas by answering a set of questions about health insurance, public healthcare, prescription medicine, quality of medical care and emergency services.

Having a Baby AbroadHaving a Baby Abroad Report

Being pregnant and giving birth abroad can be a bit unnerving. If you've had a baby abroad, please take a few minutes to answer a few questions about your experiences. Your insight will help to prepare other expat parents-to-be -- and hopefully calm their nerves.

Read Reports from Other Parents about their Childbirth experiences abroad.

Expatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

Healthcare in Belgium

If you're moving to Belgium, understanding the healthcare system is essential. This article covers public healthcare, private healthcare, hospitals, English-speaking doctors in Belgium, prescription medications and medical emergencies.

If you're moving to Belgium, understanding the healthcare system is essential. This article covers public healthcare, private healthcare, hospitals, English-speaking doctors in Belgium, prescription ...

NYC Hospitals

New York City is home to some of the most renowned hospitals in the world. If you're a NYC expat, you should familiarize yourself with NYC hospitals before a medical emergency or need arises. And, when you're choosing expat health insurance, you'll want to know which hospitals are included in network.

New York City is home to some of the most renowned hospitals in the world. If you're a NYC expat, you should familiarize yourself with NYC hospitals before a medical emergency or need arises. And, w...

Healthcare in Ireland

Expats in Ireland face very specific timelines and rules when it comes to getting healthcare in Ireland. It's important to understand how this will impact your journey and your individual health before you decide to move to Ireland.

Expats in Ireland face very specific timelines and rules when it comes to getting healthcare in Ireland. It's important to understand how this will impact your journey and your individual health befo...

Answer Questions about Expat Healthcare and Health Insurance

Help others moving overseas by answering a set of questions about health insurance, public healthcare, prescription medicine, quality of medical care and emergency services.

Having a Baby AbroadHaving a Baby Abroad Report

Being pregnant and giving birth abroad can be a bit unnerving. If you've had a baby abroad, please take a few minutes to answer a few questions about your experiences. Your insight will help to prepare other expat parents-to-be -- and hopefully calm their nerves.

Read Reports from Other Parents about their Childbirth experiences abroad.

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