Expatriate health insurance could be particularly important for people living in France due to the country's problematic administrative processes.
A recent article in the Telegraph noted that it can take years to acquire the necessary documentation to gain access to the country's healthcare system.
Expatriate Cathy Boylan explained that she retained her native UK health insurance when she first moved to France due to her excessive travel plans.
But when she registered as self-employed in the country and decided to apply for the medical insurance card, known as a Carte Vitale, she encountered difficulties.
The card, which was due to arrive "in a few weeks", didn't come and Mr Boylan faced years of difficulties chasing her way through the famously-bureaucratic French system.
Expatriates could avoid these problems by registering themselves for international health insurance cover.