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HSBC’s recently-published global expat survey has revealed some intriguing results about healthcare around the world. The survey of over 10,000 expats arguably provides the most detailed and impartial view of international healthcare, including both the cost and quality of expatriate healthcare around the world.
Understandably ensuring that you receive the best healthcare possible when travelling or relocating is of paramount importance, especially if you suffer from any kind of underlying medical condition which may require professional monitoring or treatment. Ageing travellers are also more likely to put an emphasis on healthcare services when selecting an expat destination, so as to ensure that ‘Western’ levels of medical care are on hand if, and when, they’re needed.
So after all these thousands of responses, the most obvious question pertains to just which country ranks highest for healthcare? For those expats keen to ensure that their medical needs are taken care of in the highest quality manner possible, which country should really be top of your list?
The answer, according to HSBC’s survey, may surprise you. It’s not the USA, Canada or Australia; always popular expat destinations. Instead, the country offering the best healthcare is in fact Taiwan. Even more interestingly the country convincingly beats the next ranked countries by some considerable distance and offers far-and-away the best expat healthcare.
The survey aimed to examine two core factors related to healthcare for expatriates; namely the quality of care on offer and the affordability of this care. Expats in Taiwan report that they spend considerably less on medical care than they did in their home country; something that almost seven in ten expats there agreed with. This is double the average finding evened out across the whole survey.
The results for the quality of care are almost as impressive; 60% say that the healthcare they enjoy in Taiwan is of a higher quality than they experienced at home, compared with only 40% as an average across the entire survey.
Lastly, expats in Taiwan report that actually registering with local medical authorities on arrival, so as to gain access to the health care system is simplicity itself, a figure agreed with 70% of expats in the country. It’s easy to see why Taiwan has ranked so highly then as a result of this trifecta of benefits.
It should be said that Taiwan’s score for quality, cost-effective healthcare far outstripped any other country by a considerable margin. This was most certainly not a close race and the graph we have seen of the results shows just how far out in the lead Taiwan really is. That said, which other countries also stand out for the cost and quality of their healthcare systems for expats?
The UK, Japan, Thailand, Japan and Saudi Arabia all rank highly and so should be considered strongly by those expats who rate the quality of the healthcare system as a key factor when selecting a country to relocate to. All of them offer a high quality of care, though in some cases it is the overall cost of this care for expats that causes these secondary countries to be ranked so far behind the winner.
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