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International Healthcare News: Expats 'want to live in Australia'

International health insurance customers considering relocating abroad are most likely to choose to live in Australia, research has shown.

The HSBC Expat Explorer survey polled 3,385 expatriates from more than 100 nations and found Australia was ranked as the top location for their next assignment, beating other countries such as Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and the US.

Of those that selected the country as their nation of choice, 71 per cent said it was because they perceived they could achieve a better quality of life down under.

Australia is highly developed and has a stable democracy, with plenty of tourist facilities and many dangerous animals, the US Department of State notes.

"While financial rewards and career prospects are obviously important, the report suggests expats are putting lifestyle and wellbeing ahead of money and Australia wins hands down on this front," head of retail banking and wealth management for HSBC Bank Australia Graham Heunis remarked.

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