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Expat medical insurance news: Healthcare research vital for retiree expats

Retirees considering a move abroad should ensure they have thoroughly researched healthcare provisions in their chosen country, Shelter Offshore has claimed.

The site has reminded potential expats that health infrastructure can differ greatly from one destination to another and knowing what level of care is available is a vital part of planning a move overseas.

"For example, did you know that in Turkey most nursing duties in hospital are performed by family members, meaning that if you’re retiring alone to live there and you fall ill, there may be no one around to care for you," the site claimed.

The expat portal also suggested that even in countries with reciprocal healthcare arrangements, retirees may also wish to top up access to cover with an expat medical insurance policy.

Earlier this month, the site also advised its users that when selecting expat medical insurance, buying directly may be a cheaper option than going to a broker.

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