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Everyone would like an inexpensive way of life but may be a little sceptical of what they can expect, especially when moving abroad. Just what are the countries like and what healthcare do they provide? How much weight is there on expatriate medical insurance? These are the cheapest countries to live in according to the Economist’s Intelligence 2013 Unit report.
The healthcare system is provided by both the public and private sector. It fares poorly by international standards and facilities, nutrition and hygiene is of low quality too, especially in rural areas. Government funding is often questioned and even the basic healthcare is poor.
There is a universal healthcare system that every resident of Romania is entitled to, including free medical procedures. However, residents may have to pay an additional fee to cover any further needs that the free healthcare system doesn’t cover. Overall quality is good but there is a lack of medical staff.
Healthcare in Iran has rapidly improved over the last few decades. A public health service has been extended to reach more residents and entitles them to basic free healthcare. For expats however, private medical insurance would be vital.
The country is renowned for its developing healthcare. The public sector healthcare is universally accessible for the entire population. Moreover, the quality of trained staff is high. Private healthcare is popular with expats because it is cheap and of high quality. It seems like a win-win situation.
Healthcare is inadequate in comparison to other countries. The number of trained staff and hospital beds is low, as is the level of sanitation. The poor generally receive free health care whereas the wealthy pay. Private expatriate healthcare insurance is a must.
The quality of healthcare is high in the cities but not so much in rural areas. Private health insurance is very cheap and so are prescription drugs. Doctors are well trained and visits to the hospital are very cheap. Panama is well known for its medical care.
The country has a universal healthcare system but the private medical sector is more popular with residents and expats alike. It tends to be cheap but the quality varies greatly. In urban areas, the quality of healthcare is adequate, but in rural areas it is considered to be very poor. Private expatriate medical insurance is needed.
Each country varies. Some may be cheap but dangerous to live in with very poor quality. There are a few gems that are fast developing with excellent healthcare and high quality services, ideal for expatriates.
View our country guides to find out more about healthcare abroad.
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