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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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Healthcare in Estonia
Medical care in Estonia is no up to Western standards, but is best in Tallinn, Tartu and Parnu. Our Estonia Healthcare Guide covers health insurance, finding an English-speaking doctor, best hospitals and more.
11 Tips about Healthcare & Health Insurance in Bermuda
If you're planning to move to Bermuda or spend a year there, it's important to understand the healthcare system, doctors, hospitals and emergency care. Here are 11 tips about healthcare and health insurance in Bermuda.
11 Tips about Healthcare & Health Insurance in Barbados
An overview of healthcare and health insurance in Barbados including finding a doctor, emergency medical care and transport, medical evacuation, expat health insurance options, recommended vaccinations, common diseases in Barbados, quality of hospitals and medical care, having a baby in Barbados and more.
Healthcare in Galway, Ireland
An retired expat in Ireland offers a candid comparison of the public healthcare system vs. the private healthcare system in Galway. He's 70 with a heart condition and recalls an emergency visit to the public hospital where he was left on a trolley for 30 hours after breaking his collar bone and ribs. He says that private health insurance is a must. And, he says that he sometimes returns to his home country of Germany for medical care. 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
11 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats and Global Nomads in Greece
If you're moving to Greece, it's important to understand the health insurance requirements when seeking a short or long-term visa, the quality of healthcare outside of Athens including in Greek Islands, vaccines for Greece and more.
If you're moving to Greece, it's important to understand the health insurance requirements when seeking a short or long-term visa, the quality of healthcare outside of Athens including in Greek Island...
9 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats and Global Nomads in Croatia
If you're a global nomad heading to Croatia or an expat living there, understanding the quality and cost of healthcare and medical services in Croatia is important. Additionally, information about COVID-19 testing requirements for entry into Croatia and local testing sites.
If you're a global nomad heading to Croatia or an expat living there, understanding the quality and cost of healthcare and medical services in Croatia is important. Additionally, information about CO...
Having 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.