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15 Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Egypt

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 09, 2023

Summary: The quality of medical care in Egypt is generally considered to be lower than in the United States. Emergency services in Egypt are not as well-developed as in the US, and the response time for ambulances can be slow. To call for an ambulance in Egypt, you can dial the emergency number, 112.

How are healthcare services Egypt?

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

"Healthcare services in Egypt are provided by both public and private institutions. The public healthcare system is funded by the government and is available to all citizens. The quality of public healthcare varies depending on the region, but generally it is considered to be of a lower standard than private healthcare. Foreign residents in Egypt have access to the public healthcare system, but they may need to pay for some services. Expats in Egypt can use the public healthcare system, but they may need to pay for some services. In addition, they may need to obtain a health insurance policy to cover any additional costs," wrote an expat living in Egypt.

"Get recommendations for doctors from other expats. Meet them, check them out and see if you like them or not. Most doctors for expats will speak good English, but some doctors in Egypt are pretty arrogant and it may make for a more difficult situation when it comes to getting information out of him/her. Find one you like, get his/her phone number (mobile-cell number) and use it when needed as most doctors do not hire receptionists that speak English well enough to make appts for you," said an expat in Cairo.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

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