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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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Country Healthcare Guides

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

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brit. Virgin Isl.
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burma
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Congo
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Rep
Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Rep
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gambia
Georgia Rep
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malaysia
Malta
Martinique
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Morocco
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saint Lucia
Saudi Arabia
Scotland
Senegal
Serbia
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovakia
Slovenia
Somalia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
Turkmenistan
UAE
Uganda
UK
Ukraine
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zaire
Zambia
Zimbabwe
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Healthcare in Ao Nang (Krabi), Thailand

An expat living in Krabi, Thailand talks about local hospitals, private vs. public healthcare, the expat health insurance requirement and much more. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Tokyo, Japan

What's the difference between Social Health Insurance and National Health Insurance in Japan? Are there some English-speaking doctors in good hospitals in Tokyo? What's a typical doctor visit like? An expat in Tokyo answers these questions and more. Continue Reading

Healthcare in Huatulco, Mexico

What would happen if you lived in Mexico with private health insurance and were hit by a taxi? One expat tells her harrowing story and how she survived both the accident AND being treated at a public hospital. Continue Reading

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

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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New York City is widely regarded as one of the best places in the world for specialized health care. Here are some important medical resources for expats living in New York City.

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Expats in Austria have access to highly respected private and public hospitals, English-speaking doctors and more.

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We surveyed expats and asked if they are returning home or making plans to repatriate due to the coronavirus pandemic. The majority of expats said that felt safer staying put or were unable to repatriate due to travel restrictions.

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New York City is widely regarded as one of the best places in the world for specialized health care. Here are some important medical resources for expats living in New York City.

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Healthcare-in-AustriaHealthcare in Austria

Expats in Austria have access to highly respected private and public hospitals, English-speaking doctors and more.

Expats in Austria have access to highly respected private and public hospitals, English-speaking doctors and more. ...

healthcare surveyAnswer 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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