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15 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Nigeria

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 03, 2024

Summary: The quality of medical care in Nigeria is generally lower than in the United States. Emergency services are limited and often unreliable, with long wait times for ambulances. To call for an ambulance, one must contact the local police or fire department.

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How are healthcare services Nigeria?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Nigeria, they replied:

"Nigeria's healthcare system is composed of both public and private services. Public healthcare services are provided by the government and are generally of lower quality than private services. The public healthcare system is largely underfunded and understaffed, leading to inadequate access to basic healthcare services. Foreign residents have limited access to the public healthcare system, as it is primarily intended for Nigerian citizens. Expats in Nigeria typically use private healthcare services, which are of higher quality than the public system. Private healthcare services are often more expensive than public services, but they provide more comprehensive care and better access to specialized treatments," said an expat in Nigeria.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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