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Mexican hospital chains are modern, well-equipped and much less expensive than their U.S. counterparts. A mammogram costs $60 out of pocket. In Uruguay, a “mutualista” is essentially a membership of a private hospital that takes care of all your health needs for a monthly payment. Hospital care in Malaysia is so low-cost that some expats simply pay out of pocket—no insurance at all. In Panama most specialists speak English and are affiliated with international medical associations. Panama City’s four major hospitals are all affiliated with U.S. hospitals too. The public health-care system in France pays 70% of most medical costs, including doctor’s visits, hospital stays, lab tests, and more. Expats get health insurance to cover the remaining costs. A recent survey revealed that 67% of expats are “self-insured”—pay as you go. But insurance is available-an Ecuadorean health-insurance plan costs around $70 a month. Costa Rica’s universal health care system “Caja” costs $30 to $90 per person per month. This covers everything, from prescriptions to doctor visits, tests and surgeries.
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The public health-care system in France pays 70% of most medical costs, including doctor’s visits, hospital stays, lab tests, and more. Expats get health insurance to cover the remaining costs.

 

There are any number of reasons people choose to pack up and move overseas—great weather, culture, low-cost-living and improved quality of life. But an increasingly important consideration is affordable, quality health care. Check out our slide-show to see seven of the best health-care destinations and get all the details in our Health Care Survey: The Best Havens for Quality Care Overseas

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